1. General Information

What is the primary function of the Institute?

With almost 50 years of experience the Institute’s main task is to train the professionals in international humanitarian law, refugee law and migration law in order to equip them with the ability to tackle the complex situations the world civilizations are facing today.
Alongside its main training task, the Institute also focuses on the dissemination and development of international humanitarian law through publishing, conducting research, workshops and conferences culminating in its annual Round Table that take place every year in September and gathers experts from all over the world to discuss selected issues.

How is the Institute structured?

The Institute is a non-profit humanitarian association/organisation composed of the General Assembly, the President, the Council, the Executive Board, the Secretary-General and the Treasurer.



2. Visas, scholarships, accommodation and insurance

Visas and Passports

Obtaining a visa is your own responsibility. Your passport must be valid for the entire period of your stay. Where a visa for Italy is required, you are expected to obtain your visa before leaving your country. If you do not, you will be refused entry into Italy. Participants arriving at Nice Airport must be in possession of a Schengen visa for Italy and France. Formalities may differ depending on your nationality. A list of entry procedures for each nationality is available on the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en.


The Institute will not be held responsible for any participant unable to enter the country and the course fee will not be refunded.

Eligibility of scholarships

Only a very small number of scholarships are available depending upon the availability of sponsor funding and so cannot be guaranteed purely by application. The IIHL itself does not offer scholarships, but does so on behalf of sponsors who may collaborate with it for particular courses. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship you must apply to the IIHL at least 2 months in advance. Please note that there are two types of scholarships granted by IIHL:

  • A full scholarship which includes (1) return ticket in economy class from the nearest international airport in the country of residence to Nice (France); (2) shuttle Nice-Sanremo-Nice; (3) accommodation on a full board basis in Sanremo; (4) registration fees and documentation.
  • A half scholarship which includes (1) shuttle Nice-Sanremo-Nice; (2) accommodation on a full board basis in Sanremo; (3) registration fees and documentation.

All other expenses will have to be borne by the participants.


Accommodation, meals and all other sundry costs which are not covered by the registration fee will be at the personal expense of participants. We provide a list of local hotels which offer special rates to those who are attending our courses and the Institute can help with hotel bookings if required.


It is the responsibility of each participant to have adequate travel and health insurance for the whole duration of this trip. Under no circumstances can the Institute be held responsible for medical expenses incurred during a participant’s stay in Sanremo.


3. Course admission and eligibility

Participation quota

The participation quota should be remitted before the start of the course. It covers:

  • Course materials
  • Lunch and coffee breaks on working days
  • Reception drinks and course dinner
  • Course photograph and course certificate
  • Transport from and to Nice airport

The participation quota does not cover any other expense incurred by the participant such as hotel laundry costs or telephone calls or any other per diem incidentals. Participants must ensure that they bring with them sufficient funds to pay for such expenses or have access to such funds in Sanremo via their bank.

Cancellation Policy

  • Candidate participants whose cancellation request is received in excess of 14 days prior to the start date of the training activity will incur no liabilities except for bank charges.
  • Candidate participants whose cancellation request is received within 8 to 14 days prior to the start date of the training activity will incur an administration fee equal to 50% of the participation quota.
  • Candidate participants whose cancellation request is received within 7 days prior to the start date or after the commencement of the training activity will incur an administration fee equal to 100% of the participation quota.

How can I apply to the courses?

You can apply to all our courses online, choosing the appropriate web page. If this is not possible, or if you have any question or difficulty, please contact the person in charge of the course, whose contact details you will find on the course page.

Who is eligible for the courses

Our DNA is rooted in being multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and global. As a matter of fact, having diversity in our classrooms is paramount to the success of our courses. Therefore, we very much encourage applications from all relevant sectors and industries such as the military, government, international organisations, civil society, private sector, academia and the media from the different region of the world.

Attendance requirements and course documentation

Punctuality and full-time attendance are required for participation and completion of our courses. All the necessary documents will be provided by the Institute.

Course certificate

All participants fully attending lectures and seminars will receive a Course Certificate at the end of the course.


4. Access and transportation

Where is the Institute located?

Since 1987, Villa Ormond has been the seat of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law. The Villa is located in the park that bears the same name, at the heart of Sanremo, on the Ligurian Riviera. 

The activities are held at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Villa Ormond – Corso Cavallotti 113 Sanremo 18038 – Italy. Telephone: +39 (0)184 541 848 Fax: +39 (0)184 573 982.

Villa Ormond can be reached by the main SS1 road which runs along the whole Riviera. The E80 motorway connects Sanremo with the main north Italian cities, as well as with the French border. Sanremo hosts a railway station providing train connections to several important destinations. The closest airport is Nice Côte d’Azur, in France.


The Institute organises a transfer service for participants who arrive at Nice Airport the day before a course begins. If you wish to take advantage of this service, please book your flight accordingly and contact the person in charge of the course for details.


5. Internships


The Institute offers prospective interns the opportunity of spending a period of time dedicated to assisting in the preparation of its activities. Considering the resources available at the Sanremo Institute and the strategic position of its Liaison Office in Geneva, internships prove to be fruitful and constructive. Priority is given to undergraduate students interested in the fields of international humanitarian law, human rights, refugee law, migration law, international relations and all related disciplines.

The minimum duration of an internship is of at least four months. All those interested are kindly invited to send an updated CV and the application form duly filled to internships@iihl.org.

Due to the considerable amount of applications we receive, only those candidates who are successful at the application pre-screening stage will be contacted.