Nairobi 2017 Core Professional Course on Humanitarian Law and Policy

This course is followed directly by the Nairobi 2017 Thematic Workshop on Humanitarian Access for Assistance and Protection on 12-13 October. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Workshop is designed to build on the Core Course.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Dates: 9-11 October 2017
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Target audience: The course is designed for mid- and senior-level staff of UN and other intergovernmental agencies, 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.

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Course description

The Core Professional Course on Humanitarian Law and Policy serves as an opportunity for experienced humanitarian practitioners and policy professionals to explore international humanitarian law (IHL) issues relevant to their work through an intensive, fast-paced, three-day program. Interactive sessions, case studies, and simulation exercises are integrated into the curriculum. Expert academics and practitioners lead sessions covering the sources and development of IHL, key distinctions between international and non-international armed conflicts, the applicability of international human rights law in armed conflict, the obligations of State and non-State actors, implementation and enforcement of IHL, and the role of humanitarian actors in situations of armed conflict. Throughout the course, instructors and participants use examples from contemporary conflicts to illustrate the applicability of legal rules, as well as challenges in practice.

Participants are recommended to complete the PHAP Credentialing Program certification in International Legal Frameworks for Humanitarian Action (ILFHA) prior to the course.

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Théo Boutruche is an expert in international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and has worked for various organisations such as Freedom from Torture, Diakonia, REDRESS, Amnesty International, Save the Children and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He conducted research, and fact-finding work in conflict and post-conflict settings such as Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Georgia, DRC, Uganda, and Kenya. Read more
Stuart Casey-Maslen is an academic specialising on the use of force under international law. He is Honorary Professor at the University of Pretoria and holds a PhD in international humanitarian law, a master’s degree in international human rights law, and a master’s degree in forensic ballistics. Read more
Titus K. Githiora is a military lawyer and served in the Kenya Armed Forces as Chief of Legal Services until retirement in the rank of Brigadier in 2006 to join International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)  as Regional Delegate to the Armed and Security Forces based in Colombo Sri Lanka until 2009. He has been a trainer and practitioner in International Humanitarian Law with ICRC, the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights Department of Peacekeeping as well as the International Institute of International Humanitarian Law San Remo, Italy and is a founder member of the Kenya National IHL Committee. He is an Advocate of the Kenya High Court and currently works as a Lecturer and Legal Adviser at The Kenya School of Government in Nairobi.

Eve Massingham is the Regional Legal Adviser for the Nairobi Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Eve has worked for over ten years in the field of international humanitarian law with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and has published a number of book chapters and articles on international humanitarian law. Eve holds a PhD from the University of Queensland, an LLM (Distinction) from King’s College London, a Master of International Development from Deakin University, an LLB(Hons) from Queensland University of Technology and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She is admitted to practice law in Queensland and New South Wales and earlier in her career worked as a solicitor in private practice and as an Associate at the Federal Court of Australia. Eve has also spent a short period of time at the International Criminal Court and has served as an Australian Army Reserve Officer.  


Sorcha O’Callaghan is an independent researcher and policy analyst, based in Nairobi. Her work focuses on migration, protection, humanitarian principles and the politics of humanitarian action. She is a Research Associate of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute, and a Senior Associate of Humanitarian Outcomes. Sorcha formerly worked as the Head of Humanitarian Policy at the British Red Cross. Prior to this, she was a HPG Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute where she led work on protection of civilians. She previously coordinated the Sudan Advocacy Coalition, an NGO policy and advocacy consortium in Sudan. With a background in law, Sorcha has also worked in the refugee and asylum sector in Ireland.
Arjen Vermeer is currently a humanitarian legal and policy consultant and lecturer at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Formerly a legal and policy adviser to the Netherlands Red Cross Society in which capacity he mainly dealt with issues of IHL and other (international) humanitarian affairs in the context of the Netherlands. Arjen is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies ( Moreover, he has assisted Dr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, Special Rapporteur on the topic of Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters, UN International Law Commission in the period 2007-2012. Furthermore, Arjen has been working as an IHL & ICL researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Netherlands and as an official for the Dutch Ministry of Justice. Read more

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.

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Course fees

  Regular fees
(for PHAP members)
Core Professional Course and Thematic Workshop (5 days) € 1350 € 1485
Core Professional Course only (3 days) € 900 € 990
Thematic Workshop only (2 days) (previous attendance at Core Professional Training required) € 600 € 660

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.

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