IHL For Aid Workers

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is a set of rules which seek to limit the effects of armed conflict on civilians. It protects persons who are not or are no longer participating in hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare. IHL is applicable to humanitarian assistance. Protection of civilians (including humanitarian aidworkers) is based on the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War and the 1977 Additional Protocols. In practice, however, how many aid workers, practitioners have the time to read and understand the legal language of the Convention and its legal explanatory texts? But aid workers do need to be aware of what actions/ behaviours may help protect them and which might make them lose the protection IHL gives. This is where Osman Consulting come in. We are working on a project IHL for aid worker’s. Building on the research that line Cornereau did in 2013, the aim of this project is to have an IHL for aid workers accessible publication, combining theory with relevant case studies. The target reader is practitioners: aid workers working in disaster management, especially on complex emergencies..

If you would like to be kept posted on developments of this project, including putting in advance orders for the book (the key deliverable), then do get in touch. Here’s a recent update. This project benefits from the input of Laura Westwood, OC part-time volunteer.

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