13 May 2024 08:00 - 16 May 2024 05:00 08:00 EAT

Senior Humanitarian Professionals and Policy Makers Course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) 2024

About the event

About the Event

Organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), this course on international humanitarian law (IHL) is designed to help senior humanitarian practitioners and policymakers better understand the international rules, principles, and instruments applicable in armed conflict. The 4-day course offers participants practical knowledge in IHL applicable in their fieldwork and decision-making processes.


IHL is a set of rules that, in times of armed conflict, seek to protect people who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities and to regulate the means and methods of warfare. It provides a normative framework to facilitate humanitarian action for actors and agencies engaged in bringing relief to mitigate the suffering caused by armed conflict. This course is designed to familiarize humanitarian professionals with the core concepts of IHL and how they work in practice.


The course will cover topics including the following:

  • IHL fundamentals, classification of conflicts, conduct of hostilities
  • Military in security operations, comparative use of force
  • IHL and counter-terrorism operations
  • Engagement with non-state armed groups
  • The role of humanitarian professionals in respecting and ensuring better respect for international law and standards during armed conflict

The course is designed to draw upon the existing knowledge and experiences of participants. A hypothetical case-study will be drawn upon for all modules to encourage immediate practical application of the principles being discussed.

Key details

The course runs for 4 days at the ICRC Nairobi Regional Delegation campus in Lower Kabete, Nairobi. It is conducted in English.
The course fees are KES 9,000/= (Kenyan shillings) which covers lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea. Participants are to make their own arrangements for accommodation and transportation.


The course is open to senior representatives of non-governmental organisations, international organisations, state agencies, and humanitarian donor agencies. Applicants should have decision-making roles in their organisations. A legal background is not required.

Applications close on 01 April 2024. Due to venue size, the training will be limited to 30 participants. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 April 2024.

A detailed programme for the course and other practical details will be sent to the selected participants.

Pre-course work

A preparatory online training will be sent to the participants prior to the course.

For further information, please contact:
The International Committee of the Red Cross
Nairobi Regional Delegation, P.O. Box 73226, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: +254 700 772 399. E-mail: nai_ihlmailbox@icrc.org
Please fill in the registration link by 01 April 2024.






Date & Time

13 May 2024 08:00 - 16 May 2024 05:00 08:00 EAT

Venue address

Ubuntu Conference Room
ICRC Nairobi Regional Delegation campus in Lower Kabete, Nairobi
Ngecha Road, Lower Kabete