Geneva 2018 Thematic Workshop on Human Rights in Armed Conflict

This course follows directly on the Geneva 2018 Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy on 14-16 May. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Workshop is designed to build on the Core Training.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Date and time: 17-18 May 2018 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day)
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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.

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Course description

The evolution and increasing complexity of armed conflicts – in terms of the nature of the violence, the geographical scope of hostilities, the types of actors involved, and the protection issues raised – casts a new light on the applicability and relevance of human rights norms in situations of armed conflict.  This workshop examines the complementarity between international human rights law (IHRL) and other legal frameworks, in particular international humanitarian law (IHL). Building on an exploration of the legal aspects of the interplay between those frameworks, the workshop then provides participants with an overview of what the application of human rights norms means in practice, with the view to ensure greater protection of people affected by armed conflict. It does so through case studies and exercises, which help build an understanding of specific issues, such as detention, the use of lethal force, the delivery of humanitarian assistance, the administration of a territory by a non-State armed group, and the use of human rights protection mechanisms.


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Course speakers and facilitators

Théo Boutruche

Humanitarian Law and Policy Course Director, PHAP

Stuart Casey-Maslen

Honorary Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria

Françoise Hampson

Emeritus Professor at University of Essex School of Law

Marko Milanovic

Lecturer in Law at the University of Nottingham School of Law

Marco Sassòli

Professor of international law and Director of the Department of international law and international organization at the University of Geneva

Ole Solvang

Director of Partnerships and Policy at the Norwegian Refugee Council

Additional speakers to be announced.

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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May 17th, 2018 8:00 PM   through   May 18th, 2018 5:00 PM
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