Entebbe 2019 Thematic Workshop on Peacekeeping Forces and Protection of Civilians

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

Course description

As peacekeeping forces have been given more robust mandates to protect civilians as part of their missions, their effectiveness in this regard has increasingly become a measure of the success of those forces on the ground. At the same time, peacekeepers are facing increasing challenges in effectively implementing their protection of civilians (PoC) mandates, ranging from the failure to act (including with regard to recent cases of “PoC sites”), to questions around joint military operations with host governments and more offensive actions against armed groups.

This Thematic Workshop will explore these challenges through legal, policy, and operational perspectives and analyze the current practical measures adopted by some forces, including UN forces and UN-authorized regional forces such as AMISOM, to address these issues.

The workshop aims to strengthen the capacity of professionals working in contexts where a peacekeeping force operates, as well as staff of peacekeeping missions themselves, to more effectively contribute to the protection of civilians.

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: Entebbe, Uganda Date and time: 19-20 September 2019 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day) Course fee: Click here
This course is directly preceded by the Entebbe 2019 Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy on 16-18 September 2019. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Workshop is designed to build on the Core Training.


Adebayo KareemAdebayo Kareem Head of the Protection, Human Rights and Gender Unit of AMISOM
Jann KleffnerJann Kleffner Professor of International Law and Head of the Centre for International and Operational Law at the Swedish Defence University
Elvina PotheletElvina Pothelet Legal Advisor at Diakonia's Mali desk and Ph.D. candidate at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva
Thijs Van LaerThijs Van Laer Programme Director on Causes and Resolution of Exile at International Refugees Rights Initiative in Kampala

Further speakers to be announced

Course director

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


View of the Lake Victoria Hotel
Lake Victoria Hotel
Entebbe, Uganda

Note: Special rates for accommodation available at the Lake Victoria Hotel. Please book through PHAP.

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