ILPI Centre for International Humanitarian Law


The ILPI Centre for International Humanitarian Law was established in 2013 and ties together all ILPI activities pertaining to international humanitarian law and the law of armed conflict, as well as adjacent legal areas such as humanitarian disarmament and weapons regulations, the legality of the use of armed force (“jus ad bellum”), human rights in conflict and anti-terrorism measures.

The Centre is currently involved in a wide range of activities within these fields, ranging from academic production to consultancies as well as teaching and practical and legal support to multilateral processes involving these issues.

Dr.juris Gro Nystuen, Senior Partner at ILPI, directs the Centre.

Our key focus areas are:

  • Status of individuals in Armed Conflict
  • Direct participation in hostilities
  • Rights and obligations of insurgents
  • Individual responsibility (grave breaches, other punishable violations of IHL)
  • National and international criminal courts and tribunals
  • Terrorism and terror-financing
  • The Arms Trade Treaty
  • Law enforcement by military forces, e.g. counter-piracy operations
  • Private military companies and IHL
  • Armed conflict and the protection of the environment
  • Prohibited weapons
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Humanitarian disarmament
  • Cluster munitions, landmines and other explosive remnants of war
  • Cyber warfare under IHL
  • Drones and IHL
  • Autonomous Weapons Systems

International Humanitarian Law/The Law of Armed Conflict

ILPI staff have extensive knowledge in the fields of international humanitarian law and the law of armed conflict through practical experience as well as academic work including academic publications and teaching. Senior ILPI staff have moreover participated in developing and negotiating instruments pertaining to international humanitarian law, including in the negotiations on the Convention on Anti-Personnel Land-mines, Convention on Cluster Munitions, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and the Arms Trade Treaty, as well as to instruments aimed at improving the control of the use of small arms and light weapons in conflicts. ILPI staff have moreover contributed to developing national military manuals. ILPI has cutting-edge expertise on weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons, other weapons with indiscriminate effects, as well as “non-lethal” weapons. Issues pertaining to the legality of the use of armed force and the rules for conduct of warfare as well as the relationship between hostilities and law enforcement are at the core of ILPI staff interest areas.

What we do

  • Research
  • Analysis/reports
  • Legal memos
  • Operational support
  • Process support and management
  • Policy development and implementation support
  • Teaching/training
  • Thesis/dissertation advising
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