International humanitarian law, mainly the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 8 June 1977, but also the armaments law and methods and means of combat.

Public international law specific to armed conflicts (including jus ad bellum and war reparations).

International criminal law (international criminal tribunals, international offenses, prosecution and trial by States of international offenses).

Human rights in armed conflict or state of emergency (treatment of terrorism, detention, refugees and displaced persons).

The operation of the center is the result of an agreement between the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI). The University of Lausanne and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) contribute to the achievement of the aims of this Convention.