9-13 September 2019
Fee: 500 Swiss Francs

Advanced Seminar in IHL for Lecturers and Researchers

2017 edition of the Advanced Seminar in IHL for Lecturers and Researchers 2017 edition of the Advanced Seminar in IHL for Lecturers and Researchers

About the Advanced Seminar

How does the current humanitarian landscape look like? What specific sources can be relied upon to interpret international humanitarian law (IHL) provisions today? Where do the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the academic community stand in the current IHL debates? On which topics is academic research focusing? How can university lecturers teach IHL in an original, interactive and practice-oriented fashion?

Organized by the ICRC and the Geneva Academy, the 13th edition of this Advanced Seminar aims to enhance the capacity of lecturers and researchers to teach and research IHL contemporary issues, addressing both substantive and pedagogical aspects.

Profile of Candidates

The seminar is addressed to academics holding a teaching/research position (researchers preferably with a PhD) at a university or an academic institute. Candidates must master public international law and be willing to specialize in IHL and update their teaching skills in these subjects. Those already having a very good knowledge of IHL will be preferred. As the seminar will be held in English, proficiency in this language is required.


The seminar will address specific issues related to the application of IHL in current armed conflicts, but also IHL teaching and research methodology.

Depending on the agenda, participants might be invited to conferences reflecting on humanitarian issues currently faced in situations of armed conflicts and violence, as well as relating to the implementation of IHL. Several visits are planned to help participants grasp the historical origins of IHL and how it is implemented and promoted today.

To get a better sense of the content and format of seminar sessions, interested candidates are welcome to watch videos from the 2017 and 2015 editions here and listen to podcasts from the 2013 edition here.


IHL substance, research and teaching methodology will be explored through panel discussions, debates, case studies, workshops, readings, research and visits. Sessions will be given by leading academics from Geneva and beyond, ICRC legal advisers and various experts. To foster interactions and debate amongst participants, sessions will be chaired by several speakers, who will provide different perspectives. Side events will also provide participants with informal opportunities for discussions with senior ICRC staff. Participants will be invited to keep in touch for further academic exchanges through a specific social media group.

Pre-Seminar Work

A pre-seminar preparation is required to be completed. A link will be sent to selected participants in due time.

Cost and Expenses

A fee of 500 CHF is required as a contribution to the total cost of the seminar. This covers the lectures, seminar materials as well as lunch and dinner the first and last day of the seminar.

Participants are expected to cover their travel costs to and from Geneva as well as accommodation during their stay.

Application Process and Deadline

As the number of seats is limited, interested candidates are encouraged to apply not later than 28 February by duly completing this form.

Successful applicants will be notified accordingly by 29th March the latest.

For any questions or queries, please send your email to ihlcourse[at] by duly mentioning ‘Advanced Seminar’ in the subject.

Professors and Lecturers


 Most of the seminar will take place at the Humanitarium (ICRC Conference Centre, 17 Avenue de la paix). Some sessions will also take place at the Villa Moynier (Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, 120B rue de Lausanne).



Bus 8, direction OMS – bus stop Appia

Bus F, V or Z – bus stop Appia

Villa Moynier

Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique - bus stop Sécheron

Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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