The International Institute of Humanitarian Law is an independent, 鈥渘on-profit, humanitarian association having social values as its objectives鈥.

The Institute was founded in 1970 in Sanremo, Italy to promote international humanitarian law and related subjects. From the headquarters in Villa Ormond the Institute takes initiatives and carries out activities of a practical and multidisciplinary character, in particular, by organising courses of teaching, training and advanced studies in the fields of international humanitarian law, human rights, refugee law and related issues; by promoting dialogue with a view to fostering better respect and implementation of international law, and by organising international conferences, meetings and seminars of scholars and practitioners.

Internationally, the Institute is reputed as a centre of excellence in the field of training, research, and the dissemination of all aspects of international humanitarian law.