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30 September - 12 November 2021
Application start 5 July 2021
Application end 15 September 2021
Fee: 1250 Swiss Francs

Basic Principles of International Humanitarian Law

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Descriptive

This short course examines the sources of international humanitarian law (IHL). It provides an introduction to the key principles and terminology of IHL. After completing this course, participants will have a thorough knowledge of the sources of IHL.

In Geneva and Online

The course can be followed in Geneva or online. Please note that the number of places to follow the course in Geneva is limited.

Audience

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.

Schedule

 Courses take place during lunchtime on:

  • Thursday 30 September 2021, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Thursday 7 October 2021, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Thursday 4 November 2021, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Friday 5 November 2021, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Thursday 11 November 2021, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Friday 12 November 2021, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Tuesday 16 November 2021, 12:00 – 14:00 (online tutorial)

Fee

The fee for this short course is 1,250 Swiss Francs. In case of cancellation by the participants, CHF 200 won't be returned.

Certificate

Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via this online form.

If you encounter problems with your application, do not hesitate to contact us.

Your application will need to include:

  • A short motivation letter (no more than one page)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)
  • A valid copy of your visa or residence permit for candidates wishing to follow the short course in Geneva (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area).

Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.

Professor and Lecturer

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Robert Kolb

Professor of Public International Law at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva

Robert Kolb is a leading expert in international law and international humanitarian law and has published several books and articles on these topics.

Location

Villa Moynier (120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva) and online.

Access

In Geneva

Public Transport

Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini

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

Access for people with disabilities

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.

Online

The course will be conducted online using the ZOOM platform.

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