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Advanced training course in international humanitarian law

24-07-2013 Event

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is pleased to announce the next edition of the Advanced Training Course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for University Teachers. The course will be held at the newly built ICRC conference centre, the 'Humanitarium', and facilitated by Mr. Etienne Kuster, Head of the Academic Sector at the ICRC.

Event Info

Where: Geneva, ICRC Conference Centre - The Humanitarium

When: 04.11.2013 - 07.11.2013

The sessions will take place from Monday, 4th November to Thursday, 7th November. An ice-breaker cocktail will be held on Sunday, 3rd November in the evening for all course participants. After the course, participants are invited by the Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Geneva to a presentation of its LL.M programme and activities in the morning of Friday, 8th November.

Course content

Through seminars, workshops, debates, case studies, visits and new media-based teaching, the course will explore specific issues and recent developments relating to a range of IHL topics.

The sessions will focus on issues such as the global scope of the battlefield; the regulation of use of force in situations of violence; the responsibilities of medical personnel in armed conflicts and situations of violence; the implementation of IHL by armed non-state actors; the increased use of drones, automated weapons and cyber attacks; the recent Arms Trade Treaty, and other challenging topics. Two sessions will be dedicated to teaching methodology, pedagogical tools and the role of professors in developing the teaching of IHL. The course programme will also include a panel conference on challenges in contemporary, non-international armed conflicts, which will be held before the Paul Reuter Prize Award Ceremony.

Lectures will be given by Geneva-based academics, leading professors from outside Switzerland, ICRC legal advisers, alumni from previous editions of the course and legal practitioners. Some sessions will be chaired by two speakers, who will engage the participants in active and challenging discussions. Side events will also provide participants with informal opportunities for discussions with senior ICRC staff.

Admission criteria

Applicants should hold a teaching position at a university and already teach IHL courses. They should have a good knowledge of IHL, and be motivated by a desire to improve and update their teaching skills in that subject. Prior to the start of the course, applicants will be asked to test online teaching tools recently developed by the ICRC with their students.

The language of instruction is English, and proficiency in this language is a pre-requisite for all applicants.

Cost and expenses

A fee of 500 CHF is required as a contribution to the total cost of the training course. This covers 5 nights' accommodation, meals and course materials. Participants are expected to cover the cost of their travel to and from Geneva.

Application process and deadline

Interested candidates should submit:

  • a completed application form
  • a recent curriculum vitae
  • a list of academic publications
  • a cover letter explaining the applicant's motivation for taking part in the course and their expectations.
  • one letter of recommendation

Completed applications should be sent electronically to Ms. Marica Tamanini, at the following email address:

Any applications received after 14 August 2013 will not be considered by the selection committee.

The number of participants is limited to 35. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee's decision by Friday, 23th August 2013.