Abuja 2019 Thematic Workshop on the Law of Non-International Armed Conflict: Contemporary challenges for the protection of civilians

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Course description

The vast majority of armed conflicts today are not “traditional” inter-State confrontations but are rather of a non-international character. Furthermore, armed conflicts have become more complex – with some involving dozens or even hundreds of different armed groups, as well as varying levels of involvement and influence of other actors – resulting in greater challenges for the protection of civilians.

This workshop provides an in-depth analysis of the norms applicable in non-international armed conflicts, with a primary focus on IHL, in light of the most salient contemporary issues for the protection of civilians. In particular, it is designed to review the logic and development of the law of non-international armed conflict while addressing the on-going debates in its application on the basis of the key legal and practical differences with the law of international armed conflict.

Through examination of cases based on current complex emergency contexts, the workshop explores specific questions humanitarian professionals face, from the central notions of "civilian" and "direct participation in hostilities" to urban warfare, access issues, and humanitarian engagement with armed actors. Ultimately, it is designed to strengthen the capacity of practitioners to more effectively address protection of civilians concerns in non-international armed conflicts through a deeper understanding of existing norms and their interpretation and application in practice.

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: Abuja, Nigeria Date and time: 5-6 December 2019 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day) Course fee: Click here
This course is directly preceded by the Abuja 2019 Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy on 2-4 December 2019. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Workshop is designed to build on the Core Training.
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