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.
The course welcomes applications from graduate or post-graduate students (currently enrolled in master degree or above) in law, international relations or related areas, Ph.D candidates, and humanitarian practitioners. Upper-year undergraduate students may also apply, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that this is a master-level course. Background in public international law is recommended, although not required.
A Faculty List for the summer school is available on the website.
We look forward to receiving your applications. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.