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.