This short course examines the conduct of hostilities in situations of international armed conflict (IAC), also known as the Law of The Hague. As such, it covers prohibited means and methods of warfare, allowing participants to judge objectively whether the behaviour of a party to a conflict conforms to the rules of international humanitarian law (IHL) applicable in a specific instance. Following this course, participants will know who the protected persons and goods are and what IHL rules can be used for their protection in IAC.
The course can be followed in Geneva or online. Please note that the number of places to follow the course in Geneva is limited.
This short course forms part of the Geneva Academy Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.
We can admit a maximum of five participants to this short course (in addition to students enrolled in our Executive Master).
The fee for this short course is 1,250 Swiss Francs. In case of cancellation by the participants, CHF 200 won't be returned.
Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).
Applications for this short course will open in September 2022.
Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.
Robert Kolb is a leading expert in international law and international humanitarian law and has published several books and articles on these topics.
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The course will be conducted online using the ZOOM platform.
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