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Advanced IHL Seminar for Academics and Policy-Makers

About the event

What are the key ongoing legal debates around contemporary IHL challenges? Why does that matter for academics and policy-makers? How can professionals from those sectors support each other in addressing ongoing legal and policy challenges?

Organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, the Advanced IHL seminar for academics and humanitarian policy-makers aims to enhance the capacity of lecturers and researchers to teach and research international humanitarian law (IHL) and contemporary issues arising during armed conflict, while also equipping policy-makers with an in-depth understanding of ongoing legal debates and their relevance to decision-making.

The next edition of this Seminar will take place in 2023.


Profile of candidates

The seminar is addressed to both academics and policy-makers. It is therefore open to lecturers, researchers, legal and policy advisers in governmental agencies, representatives from the judicial sector and donor agencies representatives. Key selection criteria will include:

  • Current involvement in the practice or teaching of IHL or in decision-making in relation to situations of armed conflict;
  • A strong motivation to improve the application and implementation of IHL on the ground;
  • Holding a teaching/research position at a university or an academic institute (academic applicants);
  • Very good knowledge of IHL and related fields of international law (academic applicants);
  • Number of years of experience/ level of responsibility as State or donor agencies representatives, or policy-maker (preference will be given to participants with 7+ years of relevant experience).

As the seminar will be held in English, proficiency in this language is recommended.


Learning Outcomes

After the seminar, participants should be able to:

  • Analyze real-life scenarios to draw legally-sound conclusions on the applicability of, application of and respect for IHL
  • Engage on key contemporary legal issues related to situations of armed conflict, in various professional scenarios (e.g. internal discussions; policy-making; communication)
  • Take into consideration the applicable rules of IHL, in particular those protecting persons affected by armed conflict, in decision-making processes
  • Draw a picture of advanced IHL issues, dilemmas, and existing research projects
  • Teach IHL based on contemporary practice, including through digital technology, tools and media
  • Research IHL issues based on peer-consolidated methodology
  • Identify relevant sources to access the ICRC's positions and the Geneva Academy's initiatives in the field of IHL and humanitarian policy
  • Connect with a wider international and multi-disciplinary network of academics and policy-makers



The seminar will address specific issues related to the application of IHL in current armed conflicts, but also related to IHL teaching and research in general. To get a better sense of topics addressed in the past, interested candidates are welcome to watch videos and listen to podcasts. Please note that, as this year's edition will be fully online, the format of the sessions may differ from previous years.

In addition, as this seminar will bring together audiences drawn for academia and from policy-making, the methodology will also be adapted in order to respond to the specific needs of each target group. The seminar's methodology is actually enhanced through the focus placed on peer-to-peer interactions and knowledge sharing. Lecturers and other academic participants will be able to bring a wide perspective in existing debates regarding key thematic issues presented during the course, while participants with a policy-making position will be able to share their hands-on experience and concrete questions regarding the applicability, application of and respect for IHL in contemporary armed conflicts.


Format and expected workload

Due to the current situation, the format of the next edition of this Seminar (2023) will have to be reassessed in due time. In general, time to dedicate to the seminar should range from 3 to 6 hours per week before and during the event.

Sessions will be led by leading academics, including ICRC legal advisers and Geneva Academy experts. Side events, such as online panel discussions, will also provide participants with opportunities for further discussions with experts. Participants will be invited to keep in touch for further academic exchanges through a dedicated online portal.


Application process and deadline

The application process for the next edition will open early 2023.

For any questions or queries, please send your email to:




25th Course in IHL for Humanitarian Professionals and Policy Makers

About the event

What are the international law and standards applicable during armed conflict?

Organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), this Course on international humanitarian law (IHL) is specifically designed to help senior humanitarian practitioners and policymakers better understand the international rules, principles, and instruments applicable in armed conflict. The Course offers participants practical knowledge in IHL applicable in their fieldwork and decision-making processes.


Sadly, in many parts of the world, we are constantly confronted by the suffering and loss caused by armed conflict and other situations of violence. Humanitarian agencies can bring some relief to protect life and health and uphold human dignity during armed conflicts. Daily, such agencies must draw on a variety of tools to further their work, and protect their personnel and affected populations. One of those tools is International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

IHL is a set of rules that, in times of armed conflict, seek to protect people who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities, and to restrict the means and methods of warfare. It provides a normative framework to facilitate humanitarian action for actors and agencies engaged in bringing relief to mitigate the suffering caused by armed conflict. Therefore, it is desirable that humanitarian professionals and policymakers are familiar with the basic concepts of IHL and how they work in practice.


The course will cover the following main themes:

  • Origins, structure, principles, and rules of IHL, as well as contemporary challenges and issues.
  • IHL and Counter-Terrorism Operations
  • Climate Change and armed conflict
  • Relevance of IHL and other legal regimes, such as human rights law and refugee law for humanitarian practitioners
  • The role of humanitarian professionals in respecting and ensuring better respect for international law and standards during armed conflict


The course is open to senior representatives of non-governmental organisations, international organisations, state agencies, and humanitarian donor agencies. Applicants should have decision-making roles in their organisations. A legal background is not required.

Application forms should be completed before 19 August 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by 26 August 2022.


The course will follow a methodology combining theory and practice. Participants will be provided with both expert lectures and participative exercises based on the ICRC's experience in more than 150 years of humanitarian action and IHL. The course draws on the participants' collective experience to further illuminate the role and importance of IHL in the daily work of their respective organisations.

Venue:  Sawela Lodge, Lake Naivasha, Kenya.

Dates: 25-28 October 2022

Course fees: USD 1,000

Course fees cover full board accommodation, return transport from Nairobi to Naivasha, course materials, and course activities. Upon selection, the participants will be provided with a bank account in which to deposit the course fees. Payment details will be sent to the successful course applicants.

Accommodation: Full board accommodation will be provided at Sawela Lodges, Naivasha.

Language: The course is conducted in English. 

A detailed programme for the course and other practical details will be sent to the selected participants.

Pre-course work
A preparatory online training will be sent to the participants prior to the course.


For further information, please contact:
The International Committee of the Red Cross
Nairobi Regional Delegation, P.O. Box 73226, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: +254 700 772 399. E-mail:
Please complete the application form by 19 August 2022.


25 October 2022 08:00 - 28 October 2022 17:00 Nairobi Time - GMT+3


Sawela lodge
Naivasha Kenya

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Training Course on ‘Humanitarian Diplomacy for the OIC Junior Diplomats’

Within the framework of its Diplomacy Capacity Building Programme (Diplomacy-CaB), SESRIC, in partnership with the Diplomacy Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye and the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), will organise a Training Course on “Humanitarian Diplomacy for the OIC Junior Diplomats” on 24-27 October 2022 through an online video conferencing platform.

The main aim of the training course is to provide knowledge of how humanitarian diplomacy is carried out in an international setting and understand the interplay between humanitarian diplomacy and foreign policy in the 21st century. The training will include interactive lectures and case study analysis on skills and techniques utilized in the practice of humanitarian diplomacy.

The Diplomacy Capacity Building Programme (Diplomacy-CaB) was initiated by SESRIC in 2017 with the aim of enhancing junior diplomats’ diplomatic skills, helping them acquire the necessary knowledge about the OIC and assisting their understanding of the major regional and international issues. For more information on SESRIC’s Diplomacy Capacity Building Programme (Diplomacy-CaB), please visit: