The Canadian Red Cross helps disseminate International Humanitarian Law (IHL) to government bodies, the armed forces, academia, policy makers, teachers and youth.  We hold a number of events across the country to help educate Canadians on the importance of IHL and to foster dialogue on contemporary challenges and debates. 

Summer Course on International Humanitarian Law

The Canadian Red Cross in partnership with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, offers an annual summer course on IHL with the goal of offering students and professionals the fundamentals of IHL and the opportunity to apply this knowledge through realistic case studies. 

For information on the Spring, 2015 Summer IHL Course (May 24-29th, 2015), please visit where course information will be updated regularly.


Academic conferences

One of our key goals is to promote awareness and dialogue around the importance of IHL and its application.  Through academic conferences at Canadian universities around the country, the Canadian Red Cross engages with professors, students and policy makers on issues surrounding IHL and explores contemporary trends, challenges and debates. 

Canadian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Conference: ‘Killer Robots’ - The Future of Weaponry & International Humanitarian Law

The Canadian Red Cross is hosting a vibrant discussion on autonomous weapons or ‘killer robots’ and the laws that apply during armed conflict. The conference will bring together experts in the field including representatives from the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Movement to discuss the challenges and controversies that this topic presents.

Date: Friday, March 13th 2015  
Ottawa, ON - Carleton University


Tentative IHL Conferences planned for 2015.


IHL Conference – theme ‘Terrorism’
Date: September 2015

Location: Glendon College, York University
Check back in July for confirmation and further information on registration.

IHL Conference – theme ‘Multinational Forces’
Date: 23 October 2015
Location: Canterbury College, University of Windsor
Check back in August for confirmation and further information on registration.