Kampala 2018 Core Professional Training on Refugees, IDPs, and Forced Migrants: Protection in Law and Practice

This course is followed directly by the Kampala 2018 Issue Roundtables on Displacement, Forced Migration, and International Law on 20-21 September. We encourage participants to register for both, as the Roundtables are designed to build on the Core Training.

Location: Kampala, Uganda
Date and time: 17-20 September 2018 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. first three days, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. fourth day)
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Target audience: The course is designed for experienced professionals who have been exposed to the challenges of protection issues in humanitarian crisis situations – whether from a practical or policy perspective – and is crafted to accommodate mixed groups of participants working under different types of mandates, including staff of NGOs, components of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, the UN and other international organizations, donor agencies, and other governmental entities.

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Course description

This course introduces humanitarian practitioners and policy professionals to the international legal frameworks and standards that protect refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and forced migrants, including international refugee law (IRL), the relevant provisions of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL), and soft-law instruments. It also aims to foster reflection among participants on how States, international organizations, and other actors implement these norms and standards in practice.

More and more practitioners are working in situations of humanitarian crisis involving the displacement of people, whether within one country or across international frontiers. Protecting basic rights in these contexts is a task fraught with multiple conceptual, ethical, legal, political, and operational challenges. Over three and half days, this course aims to unpack this complexity and build humanitarian practitioners' confidence and capacity around legal tools and sound protection practices.

Each edition of the new series on Displacement, Forced Migration, and International Law includes a Core Training of three and a half days followed by a set of Issue Roundtables over one and a half days. As a general rule, participation in the Core Training is a requirement for participation in the Issue Roundtables to ensure a shared level of understanding of the full range of relevant norms and practices prior to delving into more complex legal, policy, and operational discussions. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.

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


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Course speakers and facilitators

Théo Boutruche

Humanitarian Law and Policy Course Director, PHAP

John Cerone

Paul Martin Senior Professor in International Affairs & Law, University of Windsor, and Visiting Professor of International Law, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University)

Sophie Crozet

Independent consultant specialized in forced displacement

Jean-François Durieux


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 Issue Roundtables (5 days) € 1350 € 1485
Core Professional Training only (3.5 days) € 900 € 990
Issue Roundtables only (1.5 day) (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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