Geneva 2017 Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy

This course is followed directly by the Geneva 2017 Thematic Workshop on Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding in Armed Conflict on 14-15 December. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Workshop is designed to build on the Core Training.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Dates: 11-13 December 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 Training 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. The course is also designed to ensure that IHL norms and related legal frameworks are discussed in a tailored manner to address the practical needs and challenges participants face in their respective professional activities. Interactive sessions, case studies, and simulation exercises are therefore 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 to concrete challenges and how to make the best use of the legal language in complex situations, shaped by the interests of the parties to a conflict and by the need to uphold humanitarian principles.

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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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 Training and Thematic Workshop (5 days) € 1350 € 1485
Core Professional Training 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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December 11th, 2017 9:00 AM   through   December 13th, 2017 5:00 PM
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