International Humanitarian Law: free e-learning modules from ICRC available on Kaya

Wars have rules, but do you know what they are?

We are proud to partner with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to launch 9 new e-learning modules on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), which are now available on Kaya.

Designed for humanitarian professionals, policy-makers and anyone interested in the legal framework governing armed conflict, they aim to provide a general introduction to IHL across key topics. By the end of this course, you will have a better grasp of the three key principles in IHL that regulate the conduct of hostilities - distinction, proportionality and precautions – and will be able to illustrate how they limit the effects of armed conflict on the civilian population. Finally, you will also learn how IHL is implemented, what happens when violations occur, and what the ICRC’s role is in promoting respect for this body of law. Is this course for me?The course does not require any prior legal knowledge and is principally addressed to humanitarian practitioners, policy-makers and other professionals who are keen on understanding how and when this body of law applies, and whom it protects.

How will I benefit from this course?

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Summarise, and explain at a basic level, the rules of IHL.
  • Evaluate situations, assess how those situations would be classified under IHL, and know where to find the applicable law.
  • Identify situations that are at risk of being non-compliant with IHL and understand when additional support might be necessary (e.g. legal advisor).
  • Recall where to find relevant information to support an IHL-informed decision-making. How long will it take? This course should take approximately 5 hours to complete (self-paced); each module is self-contained, providing for flexible learning.

How much does it cost?

This course is free! Will I get a certificate at the end?

Yes - you will be able to download a certificate once you have completed all of the modules within the course.

How to register

You can access the free elearning modules on Kaya - click here