Centre for Military and International Humanitarian Law (CoMIHL), National Defense University of Malaysia (NDUM), together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has conducted a course on the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) on Terrorism and Counterterrorism at CoMIHL in 2019. The course received good feedbacks from the participants with various background. Later, ICRC had a fruitful meeting with Principal Assistant Director Counter-Terrorism Division (E8), Special Branch, Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Normah Ishak. She believed that Special Branch officers, especially from her division should be exposed to IHL and International Human Rights Law (IHRL) to better equip them for their day-to-day operations. In addition, they are also interested to learn about Restoring Family Links (RFL), Mandela Rules, and protection of women and children in detention and conflict. After a series of meetings between the ICRC, RMP E8 and CoMIHL, the parties agreed to organize a special-tailored course for the Counter-Terrorism Division (E8) officers. This course presented an opportunity and an entry point for CoMIHL to build its relationship with the RMP. Different from the previous IHL and Terrorism course, this special-tailored course will be held online and the topics are designed to provide the participants' knowledge of the applicable legal framework on IHL, IHRL relative to terrorism and counterterrorism, as well as its effect on humanitarian action. By the end of the course, the participants should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of IHL, IHRL in dealing with terrorism/counter-terrorism and to consider the international best practices that may be applied in their conduct and operations.
- To gain an understanding of the basic principles of IHL and IHRL, in dealing with issues related to terrorism and counterterrorism.
- To enhance the knowledge of the participants by addressing the current humanitarian challenges.
- To provide a platform to discuss current humanitarian law issues.