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Peru: Incorporating humanitarian law into further education

14-11-2002 News Release

Since the beginning of the second university term, nine professors from the humanitarian law interest group set up by the ICRC delegation in May 2002 have been reserving time in their courses for international humanitarian law.

The professors are teaching this aspect of law in five courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú , two at the University of Lima and one at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos .
Following changes to the university curriculum, they will now be teaching subjects including the development of international humanitarian law, its scope and basic principles, the relationship between humanitarian law and human rights, war crimes and international criminal jurisdiction under humanitarian law. Students will also be learning about the ICRC's international activities and the new challenges facing this branch of law.
The ICRC is currently discussing the possibility of including humanitarian law in curricula with the law faculties of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and San Martín de Porres universities.
The professors of the interest group have been working with increasing dedication in this area. Members of the group have given presentations on topics related to international humanitarian law at events organized by Congress, the ministry of justice, the police, the national committee for the study and application of international humanitarian law, plus human rights organizations. Participation at these events confirms the position of these professors as points of reference in the field of international humanitarian law.