Amman/Dead Sea 2019 (fall) Thematic Workshop on Modes of Engagement with Military Actors: From Deconfliction to Protection Advocacy

Speakers during one of PHAP's courses on humanitarian law and policy

Course description

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.

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
One 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.

This course is directly preceded by the Amman/Dead Sea 2019 (fall) Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy on 10-12 November 2019. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Workshop is designed to build on the Core Training.
Location: Sweimeh/Dead Sea, Jordan Date and time: 13-14 November 2019 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day) Course fee: Click here


Lt Gen James Chiswell (rtd)James Chiswell Former UK Special Forces Commander
Hayashi NobuoHayashi Nobuo Visiting Professor, University for Peace (UPEACE)
Maryann HorneMaryann Horne Independent Humanitarian Advisor

Course director

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


View of the Mövenpick Dead Sea
Mövenpick Dead Sea

Note: Special rates for accommodation available at the Mövenpick Dead Sea. Please book through PHAP.

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