About the Course Programme

International Humanitarian Law which governs situations of International and Internal armed conflicts has assumed considerable significance in different parts of the world during the recent past on account of proliferation of armed conflicts and armed violence. International Humanitarian Law attempts to mitigate the sufferings brought about by armed conflicts and wars by ensuring protection to defenseless victims of armed conflicts and also by regulating and restricting means and methods of use of force. The possibility of prosecuting violators of humanitarian law - war criminals - from recent armed conflicts and the possibility of creation of a permanent International Criminal Court have drawn increasing attention to Humanitarian Law issues during the last few years.

The Diploma in International Humanitarian Law is intended to provide an opportunity to people working in various fields who are either dealing with situations of international or internal armed conflicts in their professional capacities or who are interested in knowing more about regulation of armed conflicts.

Eligibility :

a. Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent Degree in any discipline from any recognized University; or

b. Candidates appearing for the final year examination of Graduation are also eligible to apply; or

c. Candidates who complete three years of their 5-year integrated LLB Degree programme in Law are also eligible to apply.

Admission Procedure

Direct Admission subject to fulfillment of the eligibility criteria for the said course.

Course Duration

The duration of the programme is one year and the maximum period for completion of the programme is three years including the year of admission.

Fee Structure :

Course Fee for candidate within India - Rs. 12,000/-; SAARC Countries - 240 USD; Other Countries - 350 USD

  • Convocation fee will be charged separately as per the University Rules.
  • Re-peat exam fee / Supplementary Exam fee will be charged @ Rs.500/- per paper for candidates within India / 10 USD for SAARC countries / 15 USD for Other Countries
  • Continuation fee beyond the minimum duration of the course till the maximum period is Rs.5000/- per year for Master’s Programme and Rs.3000/-  / 50 USD per year for Post-Graduate Diploma Programmes.
  • Boarding & Lodging charges at campus (subject to availability) during classes / exam will be extra as per the University Rules.

         Note: The University reserves the right to revise the Fee structure from time to time.

Course Structure

The courses structure is broadly divided into four Subjects:

Conduct of the Programme

Reading Material -The candidates will be provided with the online reading materials prepared by Subject experts. The reading material covers the detailed syllabi of the course. Such materials have to be supplemented by the candidate with their own readings in the internet or other available materials.

Online Support -A dedicated website has been registered. The candidates will get the services 24 hours throughout the year to access the soft copy of the reading materials, the power point presentations and video lectures of the contact seminar classes and previous year question papers which are uploaded in the website. The web site will be the main delivery system in terms of updating information on the subject. The access to the website will be deactivated after the completion of the course duration and will be revived on continuation of the course after payment of the Continuation fee.

Contact Seminar Classes - Direct face to face Contact Seminar classes will held for four days, twice during the course on weekends at Hyderabad. The attendance to contact seminar classes is not compulsory, but it is strongly advisable to the candidates to attend the same, as they are important to understand and successfully complete the course. The recorded videos of the classes will be uploaded on the dedicated website for the convenience of the candidates who could not attend the classes.

Evaluation Scheme

Based on these 4 subjects examination in 4 papers are held.

Code Paper Subject Total Marks
1.1 Paper I Introduction to International Humanitarian Law 100 Marks
1.2 Paper II Protection of Victims of War and Armed Conflicts 100 Marks
1.3 Paper III Limitations on Means and Methods of Warfare 100 Marks
1.4 Paper IV Implementation of International Humanitarian Law 100 Marks
Award of Grades

The performance of the students would be evaluated on with corresponding grades as mentioned below:

Percentage of Marks Grade
80 and above O (outstanding)
75 – 79 D
70-74 A++
65-69 A+
60-64 A
55-59 B+
50-54 B
Below 50 F(Fail)

In case a candidate obtains fractional marks, the fraction will be rounded off to the nearest whole number.

In order to be successful in a paper, a candidate shall be required to obtain at least 50% marks in it i.e. a grade equal to or higher than B.

Once a candidate attempts a paper and is declared as 'Failed (F)', his/her grade shall carry ® with the grade obtained later.

The Grade card can be collected in person and shall also be sent to the candidate by post/courier.

The Transcript can be obtained by sending a written request to the Director after payment of the prescribed fee by the university.

Award of the Degree

A candidate shall be declared to have passed the diploma course and become eligible for the award of the diploma, if he/she secures not less than 50% marks in each paper.

However, a candidate failing in the examination can seek re-examination in the subsequent exam by paying the prescribed Re-registration and examination fees, as applicable.

Procedure for Re-counting / Re-evaluation

The candidates desiring of revaluation have to apply along with re-evaluation fee within 15 days from the date of declaration of results by written submission to the Registrar. On receipt of request for revaluation, the paper would be sent to subject expert other than the evaluator and the results of the same will be communicated within 45 days. The Re-evaluation result is final and there will be no further appeal to the same.

No candidate who has secured 50 marks or above in the examination is allowed to re-appear in the examination or apply for re-evaluation for improving marks / grade.

The recounting of the paper would be done without collecting any fee but on the written request to the Registrar by the candidate.

Misconduct Rules

The Vice Chancellor on the report and recommendation of the Course Co-ordinator can cancel the registration of a candidate and also debar them from examinations and further enrollment if he or she is found to be indulging in abusive, unruly behavior with the faculty or staff of the University. Such behaviors will also include abusive mails, phone calls or defamatory posts or blogs.

The NALSAR University Academic Mis-Conduct Regulations, as approved by the Executive Council of the University will apply suitably for the students enrolled for this programme.

Refund of Fee in case of withdrawal of admission

In case of withdrawal before the commencement of face to face contact sessions, 10% of the course fee / Course fee for the first year shall be retained by the University towards administrative charges;

In respect of students who withdraw their candidature after the first round of face to face contact sessions, total course fee / total course fee for the first year shall be retained by the University towards administrative charges.

P.G.Diploma in International Humanitarian Law


In-House Faculty :

Prof. (Dr.) V. Balakista Reddy
Professor of International Law and Registrar,
Head, Centre for Aerospace and Defence Laws (CADL)

Dr.V.Balakista Reddy obtained his LL.M in International Law from Osmania University and M. Phil. and Ph.D. in International Air and Space Law from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He has more than 15 years of Teaching and Research experience.

Mr.Syed Ashfaq Hussain
Assistant Professor, NALSAR
LLM, International Law

Prior to joining NALSAR he was teaching at Delhi University, NLS Bangalore and at College of Law, Hannam University, South Korea.

Visiting Faculty :

Prof. P.V. Rao
Visiting Faculty
M.Phil., Ph.D. (JNU)

Prof. P.V. Rao is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science – UGC and the Former Director of Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, Osmania University, Hyderabad and Visiting Professor, NALSAR since 2010. He obtained M.A. in Political Science from Osmania University, with a first division; M.Phil and Ph.D in European Studies from School of International Studies, JNU. He was awarded the British Council Scholarship at London School of Economics for research; Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington; Ford Foundation Fellowship at Bandarnaike International Centre, Colombo.

Dr. Benarji Chakka
Interim Dean, Alliance School of Law, Bangalore

Dr. Benarji Chakka graduated from Andhra University, with B.A.L and LL.B degrees. He holds an LL.M. degree from the School of Oriental African Studies (SOAS) London, and has M. Phil., and a Ph.D. degrees in International Law from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. He completed his Postgraduate Certificate Course in Learning, Teaching and Research in Higher Education and Postgraduate Diploma in French Language, Literature and Culture from the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, Republic of Ireland. He has also obtained a PG Diploma in Industrial Relations, Personal Management and Labor Welfare.

Course Coordinator

 Mr.Syed Ashfaq Hussain
  Assistant Professor
  ph :+9140 – 23498229

Administrative Contact


Ms. B. Nagalakshmi
Assistant Registrar
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Ms. G. Usha Devi
Junior Assistant
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Mr. R.Ravi
Junior Assistant
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Mr. B. Vijay Kumar
Record Assistant
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Postal Address

NALSAR Proximate Education

Directorate of Distance Education
NALSAR University of Law
Justice City, Shameerpet, Medchal District,
Hyderabad - 500101, Telangana, India.
Ph : +9140 – 23498404;Fax: +91 40 23498403

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