Prevention in practice: Teaching IHL in US legal academia

This paper assesses the evolution of teaching international humanitarian law (IHL) in law schools in the United States since 2007, analyzes progress made in overcoming challenges to more effective integration of IHL content in law school curricula, and provides a measure of the contribution of promotional initiatives and strategies undertaken by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to this effort. The findings and recommendations should serve to support law faculty and law schools in the US and elsewhere, as well as the ICRC, in expanding opportunities for teaching and scholarship, and in encouraging law students and professors to pursue their interest in this field.

Keywords: IHL education, IHL teaching, prevention, law school, United States.

About the authors

Kate Jastram
Lecturer

Kate Jastram is Lecturer in Residence and Faculty Co-Director of The Honorable G. William & Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Anne Quintin
Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Anne Quintin, Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and PhD Candidate at the University of Geneva. The reviewer is also the former Public Affairs Officer for International Humanitarian Law at the International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation for North America.