Online Learning Series on Humanitarian Law and Policy: Is the attack on UN peacekeepers in DRC a war crime?

With the United Nations Secretary-General calling the assault “the worst attack on U.N. peacekeepers in the organization’s recent history” and “a war crime,” the incident in North Kivu in December 2017, which killed 15 peacekeepers and injured more than 50, has renewed the debate over the status of UN Peacekeepers under IHL.

On 27 March, this webinar discussed the legal and policy challenges related to the UN peacekeepers operating in situations of on-going armed conflict, and whether and when they can be considered a party to the conflict.

Read the written responses to the follow-up questions by the guest experts

Session recording (YouTube - faster loading time)

Session recording (Adobe Connect - higher quality)

Please note that the Adobe Connect recording does not include the event introduction. For a full version of the event, please refer to the above YouTube recording.

Session recording (audio podcast)

Target audience

The event targets legal practitioners as well as humanitarian practitioners in the PHAP membership seeking a more advanced understanding of laws and policies related to or affecting humanitarian assistance and protection in armed conflict. The event is also open to the public.


Keiichiro Okimoto

Legal Officer, Office of the Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations Secretariat

Marten Zwanenburg

Legal Counsel, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands


Angharad Laing

Executive Director, PHAP

Théo Boutruche

Humanitarian Law and Policy Course Director, PHAP


PHAP Credentialing Program

International Legal Frameworks for Humanitarian Action
This event can help you prepare for the PHAP Credentialing Program certification in International Legal Frameworks for Humanitarian Action.

The event addresses some aspects of segments 3.4 and 3.5 of the certification assessment outline.

Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program

March 27th, 2018 3:00 PM   through   4:00 PM

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