International humanitarian law (IHL), also referred to as the law of armed conflict (LOAC) or jus in bello is a set of rules applicable in times of armed conflicts that seeks to reduce the devastating impact of war and armed conflict by protecting civilians and victims of conflict (including non-combatants, and the wounded who are no longer participating in the hostilities).

Given the nature of past and ongoing armed conflicts, awareness and applicability of IHL and humanitarian principles are increasingly important. Therefore, the 3rd Basic IHL course is designed to provide the participants with a basic knowledge of IHL, an important body of law that seeks to govern the conduct of hostilities in an armed conflict to spare those who are not directly participating in hostilities.

This online course aims to provide a general introduction across key IHL topics, allowing the participants to have a good understanding of the three key IHL principles that regulate the conduct of hostilities namely Distinction, Proportionality and Precautions. By the end of this course, the participants will be able to demonstrate their understanding of how IHL limits the effects of armed conflict on the civilians and persons hors de combat.



  • 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.
  • To provide a platform to discuss current humanitarian law issues.


At the end of the course, participants will have a general idea of the origins of IHL, various IHL treaties and their contents and the main principles. They will also learn when and how IHL applies, the legal distinctions between international and non-international armed conflicts, the principles governing the means and methods of warfare, laws around protection of the civilian population, how IHL is implemented and more.


8-10 March 2021


9.30 am - 16.30 pm


Mircosoft Teams


E-certificate will be provided to the participants.




● Military officers ● Practitioners (government, law enforcement agencies etc.) ● Academicians  ● Students


8 March 2021

  • Role & Mandate of ICRC

  • IHL: Scope of Application, Sources, Fundamental Principles

  • Targeting – Conduct of Hostilities in IAC & NIAC – Distinction Principle (Persons and Objects)

9 March 2021

  • Principle of Proportionality & Precautionary Measures

  • Means and Method of Warfare

  • Protection of Victims, Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked & Law of Occupation

10 March 2021

  • Command Responsibility and Enforcement Mechanisms
  • Implementing IHL into Targeting Doctrine, Planning and Execution – ROE and Targeting Frameworks
  • Detention – Prisoners of War, Detainees and Internees
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For any inquiries please contact: Centre for Military Law and International Humanitarian Law (CoMIHL), National Defence University of Malaysia.

: 03-9051 3400 ext 3495

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