Law & War

International humanitarian law (IHL) is a set of rules that seek to limit the effects of armed conflict. It protects people who are not or are no longer participating in hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare.

As part of our mission to protect and assist the victims of war and other violence, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) seeks to ensure respect for their rights. This includes reminding authorities and others of their legal obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

Legal Resources

Geneva Conventions and Commentaries

Treaties and Customary Law

National Implementation of IHL

Domestic Law: Israel

Articles and Publications

Articles and posts related to IHL on the blog

How does the law protect in war? (including case studies)

The International Review of the Red Cross

Learning and teaching IHL

International law, demonstrations, and conflicts: Interplay in complex situations


Events, conferences and IHL competitions