22nd Competition on IHL for Military Academies

18-22 March 2024, Sanremo (Italy)

The International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) will hold its Competition for Military Academies from 18 to 22 March 2024. Its main goal is to introduce Military Academy Cadets to the Law of Armed Conflict and foster international understanding between those who will shortly be joining the sisterhood and brotherhood of arms.

Overall objectives

The Competition will be a military exercise which provides teams of 3 Officer Cadets from military academies from around the world with an early appreciation of the critical importance of operational legal issues in the single service, national and joint multi-national military operations. The issues they will be expected to consider and advise upon are based on real operations and represent current challenges and thinking.

This is not an academic mooting competition in IHL, but a uniquely military exercise designed to expose our military commanders of the future to the importance of LOAC in joint multi-national operations in a truly international environment. It will provide them with an unforgettable experience they will retain throughout their careers.


Registration deadline: 8th March 2024


Queries on the course registration and administrative questions should be directed to Ms Patrizia Di Pietro at

Video of 21st Competition, 2023
1 week
Registration fee:
€ 2.500 per team
(€ 2.000 for a second team)
End of course:
Official certificate

Participation quota amounts to € 2.500 per team (€ 2000 for a second team). Please note that in order to confirm the participation of one or more team, we need to receive the payment of the registration fee. You can easily do it online or by bank remittance to the Institute’s bank account.

The course will be conducted 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 after the final session and completion of the course evaluation.