International Humanitarian Law Distance Learning Series

These self-paced, interactive e-learning modules are designed to meet the needs of the busy humanitarian professional. Less like lectures and more like hands-on training courses, they provide a great introduction to some of the most challenging subjects in humanitarian action. Watch the trailer on the left for an overview of the course, or click here to create an ATHA account and get started. After you have completed one or all of the e-learning modules, please take a moment to fill out this brief survey about your experience.



Explores the primary sources, development, and scope of application of IHL. Also covers the qualification of armed conflict and the interplay between IHL and international human rights law (IHRL). Click here to begin.

An overview and discussion of the key principles of IHL – distinction, proportionality, military necessity, precaution and the reduction of superfluous injury and unnecessary harm – as well as the rules for targeting individuals and objects, and special protection under IHL. Click here to begin.

Examines IHL implementation and enforcement mechanisms, transitional justice, and the challenges of humanitarian engagement with the implementation and enforcement of IHL. Click here to begin.


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