Addis Ababa 2019 Core Professional Training on Displaced Persons, Refugees, and Armed Conflict: Protection in Law and Practice

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Course description

This course introduces humanitarian practitioners and policy professionals to the international legal frameworks and standards that protect refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants in situations of armed conflict, including international refugee law (IRL), the relevant provisions of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL), and soft-law instruments. It also aims to foster reflection among participants on how States, international organizations, and other actors implement these norms and standards in practice.

More and more practitioners are working in situations of humanitarian crisis involving the displacement of people, whether within one country or across international frontiers. Protecting basic rights in these contexts is a task fraught with multiple conceptual, ethical, legal, political, and operational challenges. Over three days, this course aims to unpack this complexity and build humanitarian practitioners' confidence and capacity around legal tools and sound protection practices.

Directly following the Core Training, the Thematic Workshop looks in greater detail at specific contemporary topics, building upon the content of the course, combining presentations by experts and discussions with the participants. 

Target audience

The course is designed for mid- and senior-level staff of UN and other intergovernmental agencies, components of the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, NGOs, and government agencies with direct or indirect experience of humanitarian action in situations of armed conflict. Others with relevant experience, including diplomats, military personnel, and journalists, are also encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please use this application form to apply for the course.

The course is open to PHAP members and to non-members. PHAP members enjoy course fee discounts, as well as other benefits. If you are not yet a member of PHAP, you can apply for membership and the selected training simultaneously through the course application form.

PHAP members who have already attended five or more days of training courses offered by PHAP, HPCR, or HPCR International, may be eligible for our Returning Participant Discount Program.

Group discounts are available for agencies and employers wishing to send several staff to PHAP trainings. Please visit our fees and terms and conditions page or contact us directly.

Course fees

  Regular fees
(for PHAP members)
Core Professional Training and Thematic Workshop (5 days) € 1500 € 1650
Core Professional Training only (3 days) € 990 € 1090
Thematic Workshop only (2 days) (previous attendance at Core Professional Training required) € 690 € 760

Fees cover all training material, access to preparatory online course on the Essentials of International Humanitarian Law, and lunches and coffee breaks for the days of the training. Fees do not cover travel or accommodation costs.

For information about group rates and available discounts, please visit our course fees and discounts page.

PHAP offers a limited number of seats at a reduced fee, in accordance with the association's Tuition Assistance Policy. Please read it carefully to check whether you are eligible and learn how to submit you request.

Before applying, please read about the terms and conditions of your application.

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Date and time: 4-6 November 2019 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day) Course fee: Click here
This course is followed directly by the Addis Ababa 2019 Thematic Workshop on Displaced Persons, Refugees, and Armed Conflict on 7-8 November 2019. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Workshop is designed to build on the Core Training.


Jean-Francois DurieuxJean-Francois Durieux Independent Expert, Former Director at UNHCR
Geoff GilbertGeoff Gilbert Professor of Law in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex
Jacopo GiorgiJacopo Giorgi Senior Staff Development Officer (Refugee Law) at the Global Learning and Development Centre (GLDC) of UNHCR

Course director

Theo Boutruche Theo Boutruche Humanitarian Law and Policy Course Director, PHAP


View of the Mövenpick Dead Sea
Hilton Addis Ababa
Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa 1164, Ethiopia

Note: Special rates for accommodation available at the Hilton Addis Ababa. Please book through PHAP.

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