Practice Relating to Rule 142. Instruction in International Humanitarian Law within Armed Forces
At the 27th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in 1999, Norway and the Norwegian Red Cross pledged
to co-operate on the development of new IHL training programmes for the Norwegian Armed Forces … with the aim to:
–Further motivate the integration of IHL as an obligatory component in military exercises, maneuvers, and training programs on all levels
–Ensure that the Norwegian armed forces hold the highest possible standards with regard to respect for and integration of IHL and
–Contribute to the development of model IHL training concepts with potential international applications.
In 2008, in a statement before the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly on the status of the 1977 Additional Protocols, made on behalf of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, the representative of Sweden stated: “The training of military and armed forces in international law remains a priority for many states and is paramount to ensuring respect [for IHL].”
In 2009, in its sixth periodic report to the Human Rights Committee, Norway stated with regard to the participation of Norwegian Armed Forces in international operations:
15. … Norwegian Armed Forces go through an initial period with mandatory training in, inter alia, mandate for the operation, human rights and international humanitarian law …
16. … Norwegian authorities are still committed to further strengthening and enhancing the quality of training and education in human rights and international humanitarian law for soldiers and other relevant personnel.