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International Humanitarian Law training courses


Red Cross international humanitarian law (IHL) program provides training and education to a variety of organisations and individuals. This includes the Australian Defence Force, Australian Federal Police, the Federal Government and its departments, humanitarian workers, lawyers, journalists, medical professionals and a range of university courses.

There are also many opportunities for Red Cross staff/volunteers, and secondary and tertiary students from a range of disciplines to attend the courses.

Course: International Humanitarian Law Fundamentals (6 hours over 2-2.5 days)

A six-hour introductory course, held over one full day or two half days on weekends or evenings. The course gives an accessible, yet comprehensive, introduction to the laws of war. It covers:

  • the history of IHL
  • the development and essential content of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols
  • the role of the International Committee of the Red Cross in times of armed conflict
  • Red Cross' Fundamental Principles
  • the protective emblems
  • how the military applies the law and the mechanisms available when the law is breached.

 No prior knowledge or experience in IHL, Red Cross or legal studies is required. Course fee: $60; $30 concession for full-time students and Red Cross people.

Register your interest below.

Course: Issues in IHL (6 hours over days/evenings) 

Issues in IHL is an educational course designed for those seeking in-depth knowledge and an examination of contemporary themes in IHL

Issues in IHL builds on the core content covered in the IHL Fundamentals course. There is no requirement to have attended IHL Fundamentals before attending Issues in IHL. IHL Fundamentals is recommended for those who are not familiar with this area of law and the work of the Red Cross Movement - and who want a comprehensive overview of the core principles of IHL.

As the name suggests, Issues in IHL looks at a range of contemporary IHL topics. Examples such as the following may be explored in a course:negotiations for an Arms Trade Treaty; a study of a particular war crimes trial or armed conflict; gender and IHL; the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons; IHL for military medical personnel; private military-security companies; and so on.

The topics offered will depend on their currency and the availability of local experts. Participants may choose to attend Issues in IHL more than once, as the topics for each course may change.

Issues in IHL is six hours in length, run in a variety of day and evening formats.

Contact your state IHL Officer if you require information on the topics to be explored, or the particular nature and flavour of the next course.

Course fee: $80; $40 concession for full-time students and Red Cross people

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Availability of our humanitarian courses
Please select your state to see upcoming dates for the two humanitarian courses above. For information, contact your local IHL officer.

ACT

IHL Fundamentals
Saturday April 9

IHL Issues
To be confirmed

For more information or to register your interest for upcoming courses, please contact IHL Officer Heath McCallum.

NSW

IHL Fundamentals
Saturday March 19
Saturday August 13
Saturday October 15

IHL Issues
Saturday April 9

For more information or to register your interest for upcoming courses, please contact IHL Officer Anna Griffin.

NT

IHL Fundamentals
Saturday May 28

IHL Issues
Saturday August 6

For more information or to register your interest for upcoming courses, please contact IHL Officer Anna Foster.

QLD

IHL Fundamentals
Saturday March 12
Saturday August 20

IHL Issues
Saturday May 28
Saturday October 15

For more information or to register your interest for upcoming courses, please contact IHL Officer Fauve Kurnadi.

SA

IHL Fundamentals
Saturday March 19

IHL Issues
Saturday May 14

For more information or to register your interest for upcoming courses, please contact IHL Officer Petra Ball.

TAS

IHL Fundamentals
Saturday March 5

IHL Issues
Saturday March 19

For more information or to register your interest for upcoming courses, please contact IHL Officer Kasia Kremzer.

VIC

Course dates and locations for 2016 will be announced soon. For more information or to register your interest for upcoming courses, please contact IHL Officer Pip Ross.

WA

IHL Fundamentals
Wednesday March 16 & Wednesday March 23
Wednesday June 8 & Wednesday June 15
Wednesday September 7 & Wednesday September 14

IHL Issues
Tuesday May 17 & Tuesday May 24
Tuesday August 9 & Tuesday August 16

For more information or to register your interest for upcoming courses, please contact IHL Coordinator Helen Stamp.

Red Cross IHL Course for the ADF (4 days)

This four-day humanitarian training course is offered to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), and provides comprehensive instruction on IHL and its application by the military. It is conducted twice a year and takes place in various locations around Australia.

The course is targeted to ADF personnel from all three services, particularly NCOs, junior and middle ranking Officers who:

  • are involved in IHL issues because of their particular roles and responsibilities; and/or
  • are involved in the delivery of IHL and related training.

Course presenters come from Australian Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the ADF and academia, and represent a mixture of high-level legal, field humanitarian, military and academic experience. The course is not open to the general public or to students.

Places may be offered to other sectors with responsibilities under IHL, including the Australian Federal Police (AFP), relevant members of the Australian Public Service, representatives of humanitarian organisations or Red Cross National Societies. Applications will be considered on merit - please contact us for further information.

Australian Red Cross can also tailor humanitarian aid courses and presentations for particular ADF sectors. Past examples have included:

  • Army and RAAF Health Services personnel - 2 days
  • Military Police - 1 day
  • ADF chaplains - ½ day
  • Army Psychologists - ½ day
  • Reserve Legal Officers - 2 hours
  • University Regiments - 1 hour

Course dates and locations for 2016 will be announced soon. To register your interest for upcoming humanitarian aid training , or to discuss tailoring of courses, please contact our Red Cross IHL team.

Other specialised humanitarian training

Australian Red Cross is happy to discuss particular training needs for key sectors for example for humanitarian organisations, the Australian Defence Force, civil servants, the Australian Federal Police, medical professionals, university programs and others. Past training has ranged from one hour to four days and have been developed for the Australian Civilian Corps, humanitarian practitioners, military medics, military police, military chaplains, reserve legal officers, health care professionals and a range of masters courses. If this is of interest, please contact our program.