The norms of international humanitarian law (IHL) on the conduct of hostilities regulate how parties to a conflict may use force, in particular when targeting persons and objects, and limit the weapons and methods to be used in warfare. Changes to how both States and non-State armed groups operate in armed conflicts – such as combat increasingly taking place in densely populated urban settings and the use of drones – raise new questions about how the law on the conduct of hostilities is respected and operationalized to enhance the protection of civilians (PoC).
This workshop provides an analysis of IHL norms governing targeting and the means and methods of warfare. It also examines specific contemporary issues such as the legal protection of medical facilities and personnel, the use of highly explosive weapons in urban areas, measures taken to minimize civilian casualties in targeting systems and procedures, and the documentation of alleged violations of the law on the conduct of hostilities. It further explores various examples of engagement with military actors in relation to measures aimed at protecting civilians such as deconfliction mechanisms and their relevance under IHL norms.
The workshop is also meant to offer an in-depth understanding of the legal and practical issues related to the conduct of hostilities in order to enhance humanitarian practitioners’ and legal professionals’ capacity to respond to concerns for the protection of civilians during armed conflict.
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.
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.
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.
Note: Special rates for accommodation available at the Mövenpick Dead Sea. Please book through PHAP.