IHL – International Humanitarian Law

IHL – International Humanitarian Law


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This software (app) supplies offline access to greater than 80 treaties and other documents referring to international humanitarian regulation (IHL) – most notably, the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, the ICRC’s original and up to date Commentaries on the Conventions and Additional Protocols, the rules of customary IHL identified by the ICRC’s 2005 study on customary IHL and varied ICRC documents on IHL. The app interface may be set to any of the eight languages listed within the settings of the side menu, beneath “App language”: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Installation and updates

Once downloaded, the app works absolutely offline. When you first open “IHL”, we advocate you allow the app to finish the following processes: “Fetching IHL Treaties data”, “Fetching customary IHL data” and “Fetching PDF data”. This ought to take between 1 and 3 minutes. If it takes longer or if the app crashes, we recommend you complete the next steps:

1.Make positive your gadget is absolutely up to date with the latest version of Android/iOS/Windows.

2.Make positive your gadget is related to a Wi-Fi network.

3.Open the app and wait for all knowledge to be fetched (IHL treaties, study on customary IHL and PDFs). This should take not extra than 3 minutes.

4.If steps 1–3 don't work, uninstall the app.

5.Carry out steps 1 and a pair of again.

6.Download and re-install the app.

7.Carry out step 3 once more.

IHL treaties

The section on IHL treaties is organized by topic, states parties and date. You can download the list of ratifications in PDF or Excel formats by tapping on “States party to the main treaties” at the bottom of the web page. Each treaty has a homepage with an introduction; specific articles may be accessed from this web page. The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols are accompanied by the ICRC’s unique and updated commentaries. Tapping on “About this text” supplies basic information about a treaty. If you faucet on the name of a state in “State parties”, you're redirected to a listing of all of the treaties in drive for that state.

Customary IHL

The part on customary IHL is organized by matter after which by rule (in English only). Each rule comes with an evidence. Related apply for every rule could be found on-line by tapping “Related practice” at the high of the page; your device should be linked to the internet to entry associated follow.

Law and coverage documents

The part on law and coverage paperwork brings collectively public paperwork and links from the ICRC and the International Red Cross and Crescent Movement (Movement) that present or make clear varied IHL notions and associated issues. It is organized by sort of document. All paperwork can be found as PDFs in various languages.


PDF variations of treaties and paperwork, and of volume I (rules) of the ICRC’s 2005 examine, could be downloaded in any of the eight languages – supplied the textual content in question has been translated – by tapping the bottom-right icon when within the doc. All available PDFs in your device’s language are automatically downloaded when the app is first installed. We advocate putting in a separate PDF reader to view files.

Search and Find in page

The app has an total search function. There can be a “Find in page” function for every doc.


You can bookmark documents or components of paperwork by tapping the icon at the backside of the web page. You can arrange your bookmarks by transferring them up or down in the list, which may be accessed from the homepage or the side menu. Bookmarks can be grouped into folders that you can create and name your self.


A share button – at the backside of the web page of every document –¬ lets you share content material through email and social media.


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