International Humanitarian Law in 60 Minutes

Learn how to improve your IHL knowledge and to better your evaluation of conflicts around the globe
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

This new course is intended to give students with an interest in the international humanitarian law (also known as LOAC) an avenue to explore in brief, the key aspects of the subject.

Would you accept the mistreatment and execution there after of a prisoner? What about a deliberate attack on civilians? or the destruction of civilian property?

Since ancient times, warfare has been guarded and guided by several elements; precautions in operations, a limitation on the means and methods of warfare, and an absolute protection of civilians.

Using brief presentations of the main principles, this course will expose students to an understanding of the manner in which the law of war operates in situations of conflict.

It will take a closer look at key topics in IHL that include the historical development, sources, and the principles with a goal to give students the essential knowledge to comprehend IHL.

The course includes audio, video, power points and internet resources.

What are the requirements?

  • A copy of the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols - available in pdf
  • Review of resources to ease learning

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the development of international humanitarian law
  • Discuss and evaluate the role and the nature of international humanitarian law
  • Explain and evaluate the principles of IHL
  • Analyze and discuss the criteria for distinguishing categories of conflicts
  • Apply the relevant principles of IHL to hypothetical scenarios
  • Understand the analysis of conflict situations and applicable law
  • Identify key principles of IHL and the main sources of law
  • Ability to draw options for greater compliance with IHL

What is the target audience?

  • This course is best suited for students of international law, political science, international relations and conflict studies
  • Any person seeking to develop an understanding of the law of armed conflict
  • This course does not require any prior knowledge of international law
  • This course is tailored as a brief introduction to IHL for beginners and a refresher for intermediates and experts

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Section 1: Introduction to International Humanitarian Law

International Humanitarian law refers to a wide range of rules and regulations that apply during situations of armed conflict. In this course, you will be introduced to the main issues in IHL specifically the process of development, the various provisions of the law and case scenarios on how the is applied in armed conflict.

International Humanitarian Law: A Universal Code
4 questions

This initial quiz on international humanitarian law has been tailored to indicate to you that the most basic rules of IHL are univesal


The definition of International Humanitarian Law is the point of commencement for you to understand the body of international law. The process involves pointing out the key issues within IHL such as the main sources, the area it attempts to regulate (armed conflict) and the main reasons why the study of the law of armed conflict exists.


In this part of the course, you will find a review of the development of international humanitarian law with the major pointers on pace setting events

9 pages

Tabulation of major IHL treaties


A basic overview of the Sources of International Humanitarian Law as specified under Article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice.

International Conventions

Customs have for long been considered as one of the main sources of IHL. Most the rules of humanitarian law emernate from customary practices.


The General Principles of law are the universal legal principles that exist in all bodies of law. For IHL the principles of distinction, proportionality, precaution and necessity should be considered in addition to those that are universal for all legal regimes


Judicial decision interpret the provisions of IHL and are therefore an important source of understanding the law and how it operates.

IHL quiz 1
9 questions
Section 2: Main Principles of IHL

This lecture briefly introduces the main principles of international humanitarian law, specifically disticntion, precaution, proportionality and necessity.

Section 3: Application and Scope

IHL applies in situations of armed conflict whether of an international or non-international character. This section makes an elaboaration.

Section 4: Means and Methods of Warfare

This section evaluate the limitation in means and methods during conflict

Section 5: Grave Breaches of IHL

An analysis of the violations of international humanitarian law


Watch the two documentaries and then take the final quiz

6 questions

Quiz summarising the areas covered

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Instructor Biography

Mr Andrew Otine, Political Scientist

Andrew is an International Relations and Political Science Online Tutor. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences with a major in Political Science and a Masters of Arts degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies from the Department of Political Science at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

He specializes in International Humanitarian Law and Security issues, and is currently involved with the integration of international humanitarian law and human rights within the armed forces and police in Uganda.

He has been an Online Tutor for the last three years, specifically in subjects related to International Relations and Political Science.

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