Humanity in War: Introduction to International Humanitarian Law

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This self-directed e-course gives an overview of the institutions and mechanisms that serve to uphold international humanitarian law. International humanitarian law (IHL) is the law of armed conflict. It seeks to limit the effects of war upon vulnerable persons, such as civilians or wounded soldiers. IHL also aims to limit the methods and means that conflicting parties may use. The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols are the core treaties of IHL and are the most comprehensive guidelines to mitigate the effects of warfare. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has a special role in upholding the Geneva Conventions. The course also examines other mechanisms and special courts that enforce IHL, like the International Criminal Court. Finally, the course looks at the special legal protections afforded to certain groups, including children, refugees and women.

The course combines text with rich multimedia, including videos and podcasts. Knowledge checks reinforce the information learned. Assignments engage you to solve specific problems and point you to useful resources.

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Tuition for this rapid e-course is US$ 75. Tuition payments can be made on-line by credit card (Discover, MasterCard and Visa) or PayPal.

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