More Humanity in Conflict

The Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre promotes respect for the laws of war worldwide.


As a specialised legal centre, we conduct research, provide independent information and analysis to the humanitarian community, train local actors, and advocate legal and policy changes to ensure international humanitarian law is respected regardless of context and is applied without discrimination.

A global legal centre with local presence

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IHL Help Desk

Are you a professional struggling to find out what your rights and obligations are under international humanitarian law? We provide targeted advice on legal and policy questions to the humanitarian community.

Current research Projects


We conduct independent and in-depth research on international humanitarian law. By sharing knowledge, we raise awareness, change behaviour, and promote advancements of international law for greater protection in conflict zones worldwide.

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Sanctions and Humanitarian Action

Sanctions are imposed to exert influence without the use of force. They can, however, have negative impacts on humanitarian work. Our research project focuses on the interplay of humanitarian action, counterterrorism measures, and sanctions.

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IHL and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has severe consequences on people affected by armed conflict. We analyse the aspects of international humanitarian law and the impact of the occupation in the Palestinian territory on the fight against the pandemic.

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Disability and armed conflict

International humanitarian law often overlooks the specific needs and protection concerns of those with disabilities. We believe that IHL must be applied in a disability inclusive manner.

Header photo: Children greet peacekeepers standing guard in Nyunzu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Photo: MONUSCO/Abel Kavanagh