University of Geneva Summer Schools 2015

International Humanitarian Law

The course methodology insists on the importance of a practice-based teaching of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the law protecting persons affected by armed conflicts, thus combining theory and discussions of contemporary conflicts.

During the course of the programme, participants will:

  • Receive in-depth presentations on the basic principles and on some current controversies on international humanitarian law;
  • Participate in simulations, by representing parties to current armed conflicts;
  • Engage in interactive debates on “hot topics” in IHL with scholars and practitioners.
  • Reflect on the legal framework applicable to present conflicts.
  • Visit the International Committee of the Red Cross and discuss with its practitioners;
  • Realize that and how IHL is actually being applied in contemporary practice and that it guides those seeking answers to the legal problems arising from armed conflicts.
  • Receive teaching from a mix of eminent scholars, young researchers, military lawyers, and humanitarian practitioners from organizations based in Geneva.
  • 6 ECTS.