Exploring Humanitarian Law

Exploring Humanitarian Law

The session will introduce Exploring Humanitarian Law materials and concepts in the classroom and increase teacher understanding of the main principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). 


IHL, also known as the law of armed conflict, is the body of wartime rules that protect people who are not or are no longer participating in hostilities and restricts the means and methods of war. The session will look at explorations and modules from the ICRC Exploring Humanitarian Law toolkit, Canada and Conflict Toolkit, and online resource Forced To Fight. This session will be facilitated by local teacher champions, along with Canadian Red Cross staff.


Workshop participants will learn to implement classroom lessons and activities dealing with issues relating to global conflict, bystanders, human rights, international law, refugees, child soldiers, gender-based violence and attacks on civilians, hospitals and schools.


At the end of the session, participants will have a general introduction to Exploring Humanitarian Law and will be provided with access to resources that can be used in classroom. They will also be invited to attend and participate in future workshops of this nature hosted by the Canadian Red Cross, including full day workshops and webinars.



Introduction to Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (10 minutes)

  • What is Exploring Humanitarian Law? 
  • Overview of EHL Toolkits-outline the modules 
  • Rules of IHL in a Nutshell (Video) 

Exploration 2A: Limiting the Devastation of War (20 minutes)

  • Blindfolded captive-Discussion (Photo Handout)
  • What should the rules of war be? – Group Activity & Discussion (Photo Collage Handout)

Exploration 2C: Focus on Child Soldiers (25 minutes)

  • Children associated with armed conflict. What should the minimum age be?
  • Photo collage 2C,” of child soldiers from around the world. Discussion. 

Wrap-up (5 minutes)

  • Distribute handout of EHL Resources
  • Upcoming events and PD (November EHL workshop for BC teachers)

Target Audience

The content is for students aged 13 – 18. The material complements academic subjects such as global issues, social studies, history, law, and language arts.


W07 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • Karyn Stone




  • Community Services Co-ordinator, Exploring Humanitarian Law, Red Cross Canada
    Andrea McArthur

    Andrea McArthur has worked with the Canadian Red Cross for 18 years as a public speaker, workshop
    facilitator, and program coordinator. She has developed and facilitated several workshops about youth
    engagement and leadership, social justice and diversity, humanitarian issues, and International
    Humanitarian Law. Andrea holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brock University and
    obtained her Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011 with course work focusing on
    community building, group facilitation, program management and research. Her Masters thesis
    investigated the impact of services provided by youth engaged in indirect volunteering in the Greater
    Toronto Area. Andrea is passionate about tracking the impact that public education has on attitude &
    behaviour change. In her current line of work with the Canadian Red Cross Exploring Humanitarian Law
    initiative, Andrea values success stories from students and teachers discussing International
    Humanitarian Law in the classroom.