MSF General Knowledge

Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) - International Armed Conflict (IAC)

About the Course

Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) - International Armed Conflict (IAC) is dedicated to first-line field staff, as an introduction to the legal frame that protects their activities in times of International Armed Conflict (IAC). It is an introduction to some key aspects of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), in the hope it will help when staff in the field face specific situations in times of IAC.


WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

This course is dedicated to first-line field staff. Coordinators would still be part of the target group if they have not had access to basics of IHL.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define an IAC
  • Identify parties to conflict and the various status that apply (combatant, civilian…)
  • Identify who is protected under IHL, under what conditions, and actions that would cause loss of protection in a context of IAC 

List of Contents

  • Legal framework applicable during IAC
  • Sources and key principles of IHL
  • Protection of medical care, conditions and loss of protection
  • IDP and refugee status, what to anticipate when caring for patients during IAC


CERTIFICATION

A Tembo badge will be awarded upon completion of the course. It will require completion of activities and a passing grade (80%) in the final quiz.


HOW TO ENROL

This course is open to anyone in MSF interested in the topic of IHL. It is therefore accessible for self-enrolment.