The American Red Cross offers a free one-day instructor-led course designed to train field and headquarters personnel and interested professionals to recognize and understand situations where international humanitarian law might be applicable.
Through a hands-on approach, utilizing group activities, class discussion and compelling multimedia, this course prepares participants to recognize key concepts in international humanitarian law, including:
- The Types of Armed Conflict
- The Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols
- Fundamental Principles and Protections for Persons and Objects
- Distinction Between Combatants and Civilians
- Civilian Direct Participation in Hostilities
- Role of the Red Cross and Other Humanitarian Organizations in Armed Conflict
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are available for a fee (government discount available, as well as a need-based fee waiver). The course is accredited for CLE in Virginia, Pennsylvania and California for 5.5 to 6.0 credit hours. These credits are accepted by a number of other states’ bar associations.
International Humanitarian Law program at the American Red Cross is charged with educating the American public about international humanitarian law.
Founded in the wake of the American Civil War by Clara Barton, known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her selfless service providing aid and supplies to sick, wounded, and hungry soldiers irrespective of their allegiance during the conflict, the American Red Cross has a long tradition of supporting the implementation of international humanitarian law and raising awareness of the legal limits in war. Today, the American Red Cross is guided by a Congressional Charter which mandates the organization continue its historic mission working to strengthen the rule of law and alleviate the suffering of victims of disasters and armed conflict wherever they may be found. Read our full mandate.