The American Red Cross provides opportunities to learn about international humanitarian law. This knowledge helps you understand issues related to international affairs and conflict, along with equipping you with insights to better understand past events and current conflicts reported in the media.
This FREE program offers a variety of courses and other opportunities that raise awareness about the Geneva Conventions, the basic rules of international humanitarian law, and the role of the Red Cross during armed conflict.
Governments, including the United States, must ensure respect for the rules of war. The more people who know about international humanitarian law and the more they understand its impact on human life and dignity, the more likely combatants are to respect it.
The IHL Program is a combination of locally based events, foundational training, and webinars, along with video content that helps educate on topics relevant to the rules of war.
Through a hands-on approach utilizing group activities, class discussion and compelling visual media, the IHL Program invites participants to reflect on their perceptions of armed conflict and explore the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity even in the midst of war.
Note: The IHL program is informational only. No certificate or academic credits are awarded upon completion.
IHL foundation course topics include:
- Even War Has Rules (Basic Level 1 hr.)
- Born on the Battlefield (Intermediate Level 3 hrs.)
- Humanity in War (Expert Level 8 hrs.)
Sample IHL webinar topics include:
- Women Under International Humanitarian Law: Protected or Combatants?
- Pop Culture and IHL
- Protecting Cultural Property During Wartime