Training of civil and military personnel
Every year, the Institute organises basic courses, training courses, and advanced courses in the field of international humanitarian law, human rights, refugee law and migration law for military personnel, government officials, diplomats, experts, representatives of non governmental organisations, and students from all over the world. These courses, which are organised in collaboration with interested international institutions and countries, are taught in various languages (French, English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian) by qualified teachers of different nationalities, using a multidisciplinary interactive approach.
Organisation of conferences, workshops and round tables
These events are much appreciated by the international community as they offer an opportunity for periodic dialogue and debate on topics of international humanitarian law. They encourage members of scientific, diplomatic, institutional and military circles from all over the world to meet informally to examine the more burning issues concerning the promotion of, respect for and development of international humanitarian law with an eye to the future. Almost forty years of meetings and intense academic activity addressing the main topics of humanitarian law, under the auspices of the Institute, have created what has universally become known as “humanitarian dialogue in the spirit of Sanremo”.
Research and publications
For some time now the Institute has become increasingly involved in research activities, study and analysis. It publishes texts, essays and monographs that aim to contribute to the awareness of issues relevant to international humanitarian law and its different aspects. The San Remo Manual on International Law applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea, which was compiled between 1988 and 1994, still remains the most consulted Manual in Naval Military Academies all over the world, and is considered to be a reference work of world repute. The Manual on the Law of Non-International Armed Conflict, which was published in March 2006, it reflects the developments registered by humanitarian rules at a time where conflicts all too often differ from classical warfare waged between States that are bound by The Hague Conventions and the Geneva Protocols.The Sanremo Handbook on the Rules of Engagement (ROE), published in November 2009, represents the only work of this type which sets out to explain in a practical way the complex procedures and methodology governing the developement and implementation of Rules of Engagement. It's the Institute's latest handbook and it has been translated into the 6 official languages of the United Nations as well as Bosnian, Hungarian and Thai. For over ten years now the Institute has continued to produce a series of publications dedicated to the proceedings of its main Round Tables. In addition, it distributes a “Newsletter” regularly and annual reports concerning its activities.