International Military Course on IHL

The International Military Course (Foundation course) provides the opportunity for participants to learn how to act in accordance with the principles and rule of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). At the end of the course, participants will have attained a sound knowledge of the principles and rules of IHL and will be able to apply these in a practical manner over a range of operational scenarios. The course programme has recently been updated to include greater consideration for the practical application of IHL in the contemporary operating environment.

The following topics are covered during the course:

  • General introduction to LOAC, basic rules and principles and the applicability of LOAC
  • Neutrality
  • Conduct of Hostilities
  • Means and methods of warfare
  • Legal framework for non-International Armed Conflict
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Belligerent Occupation
  • The role of organisations involved in Humanitarian Law
  • Detention Operations
  • Legal framework for Peace Support Operations
  • Criminal Responsibility
  • Training of LOAC

The course is designed for officers, military lawyers and other military personnel who have a direct professional interest in, or obligation related to, the application of LOAC. However participation is also welcomed from government officials, academics and students interested in this subject.


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