Welcome to the Introduction to IHL and its relevance for humanitarian actors course. International Humanitarian Law aims to regulate the behaviour of those involved in armed conflict.  Though formally it binds states and armed groups, it also has great practical relevance for humanitarian actors.  It provides a set of principles, rules and norms that govern a myriad of activities, including the conduct of hostilities, detention operations, and humanitarian assistance efforts.  As a legal framework it is relevant to a range of activities in the humanitarian sector - for operations, research, advocacy, communications etc.  This recorded webinar will look at examples of practical situations in which an understanding of IHL is critical for those working in the humanitarian field.

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Is this course for me?
Humanitarian practitioners as well as others with a professional or general interest in humanitarian action in situations of armed conflict.

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How will I benefit from this course?
On completion of this course you will have explored:
  • Awareness of different kinds of actors for whom IHL is a relevant framework
  • Identification of professional contexts and roles that call for familiarity with IHL
  • Basic understanding of the conditions that trigger the application of IHL, and the implications for both civilians and belligerents
  • Familiarity with the basic sources of IHL rules, namely multilateral treaties and customary international law
  • Recognition of basic rules and principles of the IHL framework
  • Understanding of IHL within the broader context of public international law.
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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!

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.