Geneva 2019 (fall) Thematic Workshop on Engaging Non-State Armed Groups for Humanitarian Protection

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

Course description

The prevalence of armed conflicts involving armed non-State actors carries important legal, policy, and operational implications for humanitarian professionals. Focusing on their application to non-State armed actors, this workshop provides a review of the relevant bodies of international law, in particular international humanitarian law and international human rights law. It also offers an analysis of frameworks and methods for engagement with non-State actors on specific issues such as negotiating humanitarian access or developing humanitarian protection strategies. This workshop, organized in partnership with Geneva Call, aims at strengthening participants’ capacity to use international law to engage with non-State armed actors when appropriate in those challenging contexts and promote their respect of international norms in conflict situations. 

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.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland Date and time: 10-11 October 2019 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day) Course fee: Click here
This course is directly preceded by the Geneva 2019 Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy on 7-9 October 2019. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Workshop is designed to build on the Core Training.


Georges BaizeGeorges Baize Thematic Adviser to the Dialogue with Weapon Bearers, ICRC
Pascal BongardPascal Bongard Head of the Policy and Legal Unit, Geneva Call
Ezequiel HeffesEzequiel Heffes Thematic Legal Adviser, Geneva Call
Dr Sandra KrähenmannDr Sandra Krähenmann Thematic Legal Adviser, Geneva Call
Katherine KramerKatherine Kramer Senior Advisor, Geneva Call
Marcia VargasMarcia Vargas International Consultant, Trainer, and Facilitator, Centre of Competences on Humanitarian Negotiation

Course director

Theo Boutruche Theo Boutruche Humanitarian Law and Policy Course Director, PHAP
Comments from past participants: Click here


View of the Domaine de Penthes
Domaine de Penthes
Chemin de l'Impératrice 18
1292 Pregny-Chambésy

Note: There is no accommodation directly at the course venue. It is easily accessible via public transport (buses V and Z) or an easy walk from Place des Nations. Free parking available.

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