According to the federal structure of the GerRC, each branch level has its own responsibility for coordinating its dissemination activities in order to facilitate and improve implementation of IHL. Along with the full-time employees, especially the voluntary Dissemination Officers engage in the field of dissemination within their respective branch level.
This system comprises the Federal Dissemination Officer, 20 Regional Dissemination Officers, and several hundred District Dissemination Officers. In Germany, this is a unique opportunity to engage in IHL and humanitarian ethics.
The Federal Dissemination Officer is a high-ranking public international lawyer, who advises the Headquarters of German Red Cross and, as required, departments of the Federal Government in IHL, coordinates and supports the work of the 19 Regional Dissemination Officers and disseminates the positions of the GerRC on IHL at the national and international level. This comprises activities such as publications, lectures and trainings.
Since 2021, Dr. Dieter Weingärtner performs the function of the Federal Dissemination Officer.
The 20 Regional Dissemination Officers are lawyers or of an equal qualification, who advise the regional branches of the GerRC in IHL and coordinate and support the District Dissemination Officers, e.g. by organising seminars and conferences and by maintaining close contacts to authorities and academic institutes which engage in questions concerning IHL and humanitarian ethics. Moreover, they teach especially young lawyers and members of the GerRC in IHL, draw up respective dissemination material and disseminate the positions of the GerRC on IHL at the regional branch level.
If you are interested to know more about the dissemination system within the German Red Cross, you may address your questions to:
Frau Elif Seyda Uyar, LL.M.
Tel.: (030) 85404 324