Brussels 2019 Thematic Workshop on Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Implications for Humanitarian Action

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

Course description

Terrorism and counter-terrorism remain a major concern today for many different actors. In a changing and increasingly complex landscape, it can be difficult to keep up with new measures and approaches for how States and other actors respond to terrorism. Recent domestic case law and legislation as well as the adoption of UNSC Resolution 2462 has renewed attention to the risk of undermining humanitarian action, including through criminalization of humanitarian activities.

This workshop considers these developments and provides an analysis of the relevant legal frameworks. The workshop also features in-depth discussion of specific domestic, EU, and UN measures intended to address the threat of terrorism, the use of force as a response to terrorism, tensions that arise under international human rights law (IHRL) and international humanitarian law (IHL), and an assessment of the implications for humanitarian action. It also aims at strengthening the capacity of practitioners to take into account IHRL and IHL when addressing the impact of terrorism and counterterrorism measures on their work.

Led by expert academics and practitioners, this workshop tailors discussion to challenges faced by those working in humanitarian contexts. 

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: Brussels, Belgium Date and time: 27-28 June 2019 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day) Course fee: Click here
This course is directly preceded by the Brussels 2019 Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy on 24-26 June 2019. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Workshop is designed to build on the Core Training.


Fulco van DeventerFulco van Deventer Co-founder and Deputy Director of the Human Security Collective (HSC) and Associate Fellow of International Center for Counter Terrorism
Krisztina Huszti-OrbanKrisztina Huszti-Orban Senior Legal Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-terrorism and Human Rights and Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota Law School
Mike ParkinsonMike Parkinson Assistant Company Secretary and Policy Adviser, Oxfam

Course director

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