Geneva 2019 Thematic Workshop on Effective Implementation of IHL Challenges and opportunities at national and international levels

NOTE: The deadline for those requiring a support letter for their visa application is 8 March 2019. Please apply as early as possible, as the visa application process may take a long time. PHAP can not guarantee that applicants receive a visa in time.
Geneva Conventions and a PHAP notebook during one of PHAP's courses in Geneva, Switzerland

Course description

Lack of compliance remains a profound challenge for IHL. While the focus is often on responses to violations, not least through criminal proceedings, prevention of violations in the first place is essential. Using a holistic approach, this workshop takes stock of implementation mechanisms and processes and how they work in practice. Along with a critical exploration of relevant challenges, this workshop aims to uncover opportunities to use and further strengthen existing mechanisms, as part of protection of civilians efforts.

It is designed to look at both IHL-specific mechanisms and other means of implementation, before hostilities break out as well as during armed conflict. In doing so, the workshop will look at how a stronger focus on prevention is complementary to pursuing more effective responses to violations.

Sessions will cover topics such as training of armed forces, the use of domestic judicial proceedings (both criminal and civil), and human rights protection mechanisms, as well as innovative approaches to induce compliance by armed groups. Covering local and national approaches as well as international mechanisms and strategies, participants will explore possibilities for humanitarian actors and others to engage and contribute to a better respect of rules 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.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland Date and time: 2 - 3 May 2019 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day) Course fee: Click here
This course follows directly on the Geneva 2019 Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy on 29 April-1 May 2019. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Workshop is designed to build on the Core Training.


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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