This part of the database contains the practice underlying the 161 rules of customary international humanitarian law (IHL) identified in the ICRC’s study on customary IHL, originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2005.It is updated on a regular basis, with the most recently incorporated material marked in green .
The rules can be found in part 1. Rules.
The practice part can be accessed in three ways:
Translations into English are, unless otherwise indicated, unofficial. The authoritative version of any document translated for the database is the original version, available on the ICRC library website or upon request.
Although aiming to be as comprehensive as possible in its presentation of practice, the database does not claim to be exhaustive, nor to be without mistakes. Please do not hesitate to use the database’s feedback button to point out missing information or errors.
Content of the 2005 study and the updates of the database’s practice part: