2nd Law at the Operational Level Online Course

Online, 10 May – 18 June

The International Institute of Humanitarian Law has for many years delivered general and specialised training programmes on IHL at the Institute in Sanremo. In the current circumstances attendance at such courses is extremely difficult and so, in order to continue its core mission of disseminating and encouraging compliance with IHL, the Military Department of the Institute has developed a number of online courses in the field. One of these courses will be “Law at the Operational Level” which is available in English and will run from May 2021.

Overall Objectives

Training in IHL for the military tends to focus on issues at the tactical level and individual compliance with the law. At the operational and strategic levels, the law has a significant impact on the planning and conduct of the full spectrum of military operations. This course will examine this in the context of the planning and execution at the operational level using operational planning and management doctrine to explore the themes. It will consider broader international law considerations which impact on operations as well as IHL.

Target audience

The course is designed for military personnel both legal advisers and operators as well as civilians working in the field and others with an interest in how legally compliant military operations are planned and conducted above the tactical level.


The online training will adapt the standard Sanremo methodology of presentations and practical work taking advantage of the recently developed IIHL online learning platform. The programme will integrate live sessions, and practical exercise and case studies. Attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the subject through self-paced study followed by live working groups and plenary sessions with the teaching staff. The course will run over six weeks with two live sessions of 120 minutes each week and self-paced working between live sessions. Study materials and texts will be available on the Institute Online Learning Platform.

Technical tips

The online course is hosted on the Institute’s Online Learning Platform, accessible via the Institute’s website at https://iihl.org/ (select “Courses”>“Online Courses”), or directly through the following URL https://www.elearning.iihl.org/.

Communication software:
The live sessions of the course will be delivered through Zoom, downloadable at https://zoom.us/download.


The course will be run in English and reasonable language proficiency is required. There will not be simultaneous translation.


The official Certificate will be released to participants who attend the course in full (including live and self-paced sessions)

Application process

Officers and practitioners interested in attending this course are invited to apply by submitting the application form they can find on this webpage.

Deadline for applications: 30thApril.

Participation quota amounts to € 750. It must be remitted before the start of the Course by bank transfer. Visa and/or Mastercard are also accepted on the website of the Institute.

For any additional information, please contact Ms Patrizia Di Pietro at patrizia@iihl.org.