Are there Rules of War? Overview of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

Presented by: James Lane and Paul Frankmann, American Red Cross
Presented at: 4th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education
Date of Session: June 11, 2011

Session Description: Guidelines and restrictions on warfare have been developed and applied by the international community. The necessity of IHL will be traced to its ever-increasing contemporary involvement. Since inception, the purpose has been twofold: 1) to reduce the devastation caused by war and 2) to protect the dignity of man. The Geneva Conventions and the International Committee of the Red Cross were established to wrestle with the above-listed concerns. How materials and exercises in the free American Red Cross curriculum can also be applied to situations of inter-personal conflict, gang issues, and harmful social defiance will also be shared.