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DRC4521 | Summer School in International Humanitarian Law 2023

The University of Ottawa and the Canadian Red Cross are preparing the 2023 Summer School on International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Registration forms for the 15th edition of the Summer School on IHL will be available on March 1, 2023.

15th Edition | May 28 to June 2, 2023

The goal of this course is to offer students and professionals the fundamentals of IHL and the opportunity to apply this knowledge through realistic case studies and a full simulation day.

Applications from students, academics, government employees, NGO and IO staff, journalists and those with an interest in learning about IHL are welcome. Preference will be given to participants with exposure to the application or the theory of international humanitarian law, international human rights law or humanitarian work. The course is offered in both French and English. Applicants must choose the language in which they would like to follow the course and indicate it on their application form. Once an applicant is enrolled in a section, he/she will not be permitted to switch groups.

Enrolment is limited to 30 participants by language group. Those who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate of recognition from the Canadian Red Cross and the University of Ottawa.

The Course features leading Canadian and international scholars and experts from the Department of National Defense and Justice Canada. The speakers contribute in their individual and personal capacities and do not represent or speak for their institutional affiliations

This program contains 2 Professionalism Hours and is also eligible for up to 28 hours and 45 minutes of Substantive Content with the Law Society of Ontario and the Barreau du Québec.

Importance of IHL

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is a set of rules seeking to limit the effects of armed conflict for humanitarian reasons. It protects persons who are not or are no longer participating in hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare. The complexities of modern-day conflicts combined with the availability of information and media interest have resulted in a higher profile of difficult humanitarian issues. Knowledge of IHL is a definite asset, if not essential, for those working on or in countries affected by armed conflicts, those involved in humanitarian work or interested in working for international criminal tribunals.

Fees The amounts indicated below are in Canadian dollars.

  • Students (without credit): $800 + tax

  • Students (with credits): *Please verify the Registrar's website.

  • Professionals: $1,500 + tax

*Undergraduate students (regardless of the institution they are attending) who wish to take the course for credit will be subject to the University of Ottawa’s tuition & fees policy.

Please do not send your payment upon registration. Instructions for payment will be sent upon confirmation of registration.

Please review the information provided in the program and the registration form. After reading the documents, specific questions can be answered by contacting


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