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Teaching IHL Workshop

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) periodically convene Teaching IHL Workshops at WCL in Washington, D.C.  The IHL workshops are targeted for law professors who are interested in teaching an IHL course for the first time, integrating IHL modules into their current courses and/or rethinking their current teaching of this important subject.

Topics covered include:

  • Defining the scope and content of an IHL class;
  • Exploring the intersection between international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law;
  • Incorporating IHL modules into the teaching of classes such as public international law, national security law, immigration law, constitutional law, administrative law and more;
  • Identifying strategies for developing curricula, responding to current events, and gaining support from school administrators for the teaching of IHL;
  • Teaching hot topics in IHL including: detention, non-state actors and unlawful enemy combatants.

The IHL Workshop provides an opportunity for law faculty to think creatively about their teaching of IHL and network with others to support and expand their teaching of the topics.  Past participants have come from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall);University of Hawaii; University of Windsor; University of New Mexico; George Mason University and more. 

Questions? Email teachingihl@wcl.american.edu or call the Center at 202-274-4180.

Learn more about past IHL Workshops:

First Teaching IHL Workshop: June 4-5, 2008 Agenda

Second Teaching IHL Workshop: October 2-3, 2009 Agenda