Free Online Certificate Course – International Humanitarian Law by Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK

Online Course – International Humanitarian Law by Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical

Registration for the new cohort opens until 30 November 2019. Upon registration, students are allowed to study the course until 31 December 2019 at their own pace. 

Course Overview

This law course will help to understand underlying principles governing armed conflicts, also known as International Humanitarian Law (IHL). It enables a careful evaluation of the various IHL rules intended to protect victims, such as civilians and prisoners of war, as well as wounded and sick during armed conflict. This course provides essential knowledge and skills for academics and practitioners who wish to specialise in this field. Course emphasise to professionals working in the humanitarian and medical field, including members of NGOs especially involved in armed conflict situations.

Course Features

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand philosophy and logic underlying IHL norms
  • Develop knowledge and skills in the area on contemporary issues in IHL
  • Enhance the competencies of professionals already working in the area of IHL
  • Enhance the career prospects of professionals working in the area of IHL

Target Audience

This online course will be available to anyone in the world. The target audience is individuals studying, researching or/and working in law, health, policy, international relations, education and humanitarian sectors or postgraduate students of closely-related disciplines. The course requires a primary degree in any of the above or related subjects.


As part of CCOUC’s knowledge transfer endeavour, this course is offered free of charge. There is limited quota for enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis.

Course Structure and Delivery Format

The course involves a total of 8 lessons, 2 short quizzes and one final assessment. Each lesson requires about 1.5 to 2 hours of study. All assessments are in the form of multiple-choice questions to be completed online with unlimited attempts. To progress through the course, students must obtain 80% or above in each short quiz. Students enrolled in the course may access all learning materials and go through all learning activities online within a maximum period of seven months. Topics covered in the course are as follows:

  • Definition, history, and development of International Humanitarian Law
  • Classification of conflicts and applicability of IHL
  • Protection of wounded, sick and shipwrecked
  • Protection of prisoners of war
  • Protection of civilians
  • Regulations: means and methods in warfare
  • Humanitarian assistance and role of non-governmental organizations
  • Repression of serious violations of IHL

Course Completion and Certification

Students who obtain 60% or above in the final assessment will be issued a printable certificate in recognition of completing the course.


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