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Cambridge (USA) 2012 Thematic Workshop on Counterterrorism Policies and Implications for Humanitarian Action
The Thematic Workshops on IHL address critical challenges of International Humanitarian Law in current conflict situations. The two-day workshops complement the Core Professional Trainings on Humanitarian Law and Policy. Participants in the Thematic Workshops are expected to have completed the Core Professional Training in Humanitarian Law and Policy (or an equivalent multi-day training).
The Cambridge June 2012 Thematic Workshop will be offered by PHAP in cooperation with the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. It will follow directly a three-day standard Core Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy in the same location.
The Thematic Workshop on Counterterrorism under International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law is designed to introduce humanitarian professionals to the range of debates and legal/practical challenges facing states, human rights advocates, courts, humanitarian agencies and military professionals in carrying out and regulating counterterrorism efforts around the world. It also seeks to provide an informed forum for discussion and exchange on critical debates informing the development of humanitarian, human rights and security policy.
The Workshop will discuss the distinct but sometimes overlapping frameworks of law enforcement and military approaches to counterterrorism. In addition, participants will have a grounding in the core legal approaches of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) as they relate to counterterrorism, as well as contemporary legal and political debates surrounding how these two bodies of law should interact when states fight terrorism. The workshop will then focus on several key areas of practice that are impacted by these normative debates, looking at them from the lenses of military officials, human rights advocates, and humanitarian professionals. These examples include: law and policy regulating contemporary detention operations; law and policy debates around the issue of so-called "targeted killing" and the use of drone technology; efforts to use an IHL framework to put accused terrorists on trial, including due process issues.
Core issues to be addressed:
- The criminal law and law of war frameworks in counterterrorism
- Key debates within the international community regarding the appropriate interpretation of IHL and IHRL in relation to counterterrorism operations and armed conflict
- The use of IHL and IHRL in counterterrorism-related litigation (both at the domestic and international levels)
- The impact of domestic and international counterterrorism laws and policies (such as laws criminalizing material support to listed terrorist groups) on humanitarian action and engagement
Please note that participation to the Thematic Workshops requires prior participation to a standard Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy.
Please also note that, starting in the 2011 calendar year, all participants to Advanced Professional Trainings must be members in good standing of PHAP. (See Member Benefits and Dues.) There is no need, however, to apply separately for PHAP membership and for the trainings. Non-members may apply for trainings directly, and their applications will simultaneously be entered into the review process for PHAP membership.
How to apply for the Thematic Workshop:
Please use this external application form to apply for the training event.
Participation to the Thematic Workshops requires prior participation to a standard Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy. If you have not yet completed the Core Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy (whether under the auspices of PHAP, HPCR, or HPCR international), you may apply for the Core Training and the Thematic Workshop using this same form.
If you are not yet a member of PHAP, your application for the training and your application for PHAP membership will also be processed simultaneously from the same form.
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600 EUR (see Fee and Payment Information)
June 21st, 2012 8:30 AM through June 22nd, 2012 5:00 PM
Phone: 0032 888 72 74