Case Study

War, Law and Business

In a world where businesses increasingly operate in global environments, understanding the principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is crucial, especially for companies working in regions experiencing armed conflict. Concentric Learning collaborated with RMIT and the Australian Red Cross to develop an innovative online learning credential to educate university-level students in business, engineering, and law about IHL.

Client &
Key Stakeholders

Australian Red Cross logo

The brief

RMIT and Australian Red Cross approached Concentric Learning to build an online module to raise awareness of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) among future and current business leaders.

As a cohort, these leaders often have a limited understanding of IHL, yet are poised to make decisions that could be impacted by the laws of war and impact people in conflict zones. Many are unaware that their actions could unwittingly make them complicit in war crimes.

The goal was to create a high-impact module that made dry, complex legal content engaging and raised the audience awareness and provided them with baseline knowledge of IHL in a short time frame (1-2 hours).

Our Solution

Concentric Learning worked with Australian Red Cross and RMIT to develop a realistic, immersive scenario that delivered the content in an engaging and impactful way.

The learner is thrust into an hour long gamified, interactive scenario where they are the CEO of a mining company who may have unwittingly committed a war crime. Through interactive conference calls, email chains and direct messages, the CEO has to untangle the world of International Humanitarian Law, how it impacts business operations and what they could do to prevent such a scenario in future.

The module creates a sense urgency by asking learners to make decisions in real time, then watch the impacts of their decisions unfold. By the end of the course, participants have an understanding of how to navigate the current crisis and how to prevent a similar event in future.

The module is available on both the RMIT Business and Human Rights Centre and Australian Red Cross website.

‘War Law and Business’ was presented at Games for Change as an example of how powerful learning can be delivered through appropriate and carefully considered gamification.

War, Law & Business is publicly available and free to do on Australian Red Cross Website:

Our goal was to create a unique learning experience for students of international humanitarian law… Erik and Sarah worked closely with us to understand our needs and ways of working and to find dynamic ways of communicating our message… We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for innovative and effective solutions to their education and training needs. 

Fauve Kurnadi, Legal Adviser International Humanitarian Law, Australian Red Cross

Project Specifics




What We Did

Learning Design
Graphic Design
Course Build & Development
Video Editing


Embedded on Australian Red Cross Website & RMIT Canvas

Concentric Learning made a huge contribution working with us to develop the vision of our education project – and then, most importantly, executed to help realise that vision. Quite simply the best learning designers I’ve ever worked with.

Dr Jonathan Kolieb Co-Director, Business and Human Rights Centre, RMIT University


Video produced in collaboration with RMIT