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Mexico: Course in humanitarian law for university professors

26-07-2002 News Release 02/30

From 7 to 17 July, a course in international humanitarian law for university professors from Latin American countries was held for the first time in Guadalajara, Mexico.

It was attended by 44 participants from 18 countries. The course was organized by the ICRC's regional delegation in Mexico City, which opened on 10 June, and was held under the auspices of the Canadian embassy and the University of Guadalajara. Its purpose was to pass on knowledge of humanitarian law so as to enable the participants to teach the subject to their students.

The course was run by a team of specialists in humanitarian law from various institutions and international organizations, including the Centro de Estudios de Derecho Internacional Humanitario , run by the Spanish Red Cross, the Costa Rican Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos , UNHCR and the ICRC.

One of the main tasks of the regional delegation, which covers the ICRC's activities in 10 Spanish-speaking Central American and Caribbean countries, is to spread knowledge of international humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.