ICRC databases on international humanitarian law

Links to the three ICRC databases on international humanitarian law.

Treaties, States Parties and commentaries

The Treaties, States Parties and Commentaries includes the text of IHL treaties and related documents and lists the States that have signed and/or ratified or acceded to the treaties, with their potential reservations or declarations. It also contains the existing commentaries to the four 1949 Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, and include the updated Commentaries.

Customary IHL database

The Customary IHL database contains the 161 rules of customary IHL identified in the ICRC's 2005 Study on Customary IHL and the complete collection of practice underlying that Study. The Customary IHL database notably also presents regular updates of this collection of practice, making available new State practice in the field of IHL as well as international materials, such as judgments of international courts and tribunals.

ICRC national implementation database

The National implementation database contains laws and case law that implement IHL treaties and other related international instruments, and illustrates possible approaches to incorporating IHL in national legal and administrative frameworks. The database is organized by State and by Topic and most of the documents in the database are entered with a summary to facilitate their consultation.


  • All the ICRC's international humanitarian law databases are now searchable via a single interface:  IHL databases search


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About the national implementation database