Centre for Military and International Humanitarian Law (CoMIHL)

national defence university of malaysia

About CoMIHL


Centre for Military and International Humanitarian Law (CoMIHL), is a partnership between the National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


One of the main goals of this regional platform is to help develop expertise in international humanitarian law (IHL) and build a community amongst the militaries' legal advisors within Asia Pacific


The partnership was forged by the signing of an MoU on 24 August, 2017 - the 40th anniversary of Malaysia's ratification of the Geneva Conventions.

What We Do


We provide workshops, seminars and other activities designed to seek solutions to particular legal problems, to ensure the incorporation of new legal developments within the Asia Pacific region


We build networks and relationship with regional militaries, civil defences, law enforcement and other security organization, humanitarian relief organisation and other public communities


We strengthen the IHL and military law knowledge with other academic as well as military bases and with leading subject-matter-experts internationally to encourage the fullest exchange of information.


  1. To gain an understanding of the basic principles of IHL and the basic rules for the conduct of armed conflict, their application in practice, and the mechanisms for enforcement when they are breached.
  2. To provide a platform to discuss current humanitarian law issues.


  1. To raise the level of expertise and awareness of IHL amongst the region’s military lawyers, operators and civilians.
  2. To learn how IHL is implemented, what happens when violations occur, and what the ICRC’s role is in promoting respect for this body of law.


  1. To address humanitarian concerns that should be taken into consideration in the military planning process.
  2. To raise the level of expertise and awareness of IHL in the military security operation
  3. To understand the challenges of the military in exercising the security operation
  1. Exposure to the various aspects of radicalization and deradicalization.
  2. Understand issues of common concern in the aspect of radicalization and deradicalization
  3. Establishing  networks and linkage among stakeholders



  1. Define the main legal instruments, professional codes, and declarations designed to protect the rights of prisoners, detainees, and health professionals responsible for the care of these populations
  2. Appraise the key health issues in places of detention
  3. Analyse and address health and human rights issues facing populations in detention.
  1. To equip participants with relevant knowledge on various approaches to teaching IHL.
  2. To offer the participants the analytical tools to help them plan their session to meet learners goals and objectives.
  3. To provide participants skills of handling difficult students and surprise situations in the teaching/coaching process.