Welcome to the IHL and core humanitarian principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence course.  The four core humanitarian principles – humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence – undergird the humanitarian enterprise. They are referenced in UN Resolutions, included in the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct, cited in the missions and mandates of various organizations, noted in various best practices documents, and included in a number of donor agreements. Consequently, considerations regarding how to operate in accordance with these principles are of great import for humanitarian organizations.

This recorded webinar reviewed the four core principles in detail, discussing their definitional scope, the guiding role they play, and give a brief overview of the challenges to their implementation. It also contextualized the principles by examining their relationship to international humanitarian law (IHL), focusing in particular on their significance to those negotiating and conducting humanitarian operations in the context of an armed conflict.

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Is this course for me?
This course is suitable for all humanitarian professionals interested in learning more about International Humanitarian Law.
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How will I benefit from this course?
On completion of this course you will:
  • Understand the four core principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence and the ways in which they are linked in practice
  • Become aware of other operating principles used by humanitarian actors
  • Understand the relationship between the core humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law (IHL)
  • Become aware of the limited scope of humanitarian assistance and access under IHL
  • Be able to analyse the dilemmas face by humanitarian organisations when operationalising the humanitarian principles.
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How long will it take?
 This course should take you around 40 minutes to complete.

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How much does it cost?
 This course is free!

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Will I get a certificate at the end?
 Yes! You will be able to download a certificate once you have have completed all of the modules within the course.

The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Scroll to the top of the page and click on the       Join        button. This will take you through to the course page itself. You don't need to complete the course in one go - you can always continue later from where you left off.