As the number of people forced to flee their homes continues to climb, 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. To help unpack this complexity for humanitarian practitioners and policy professionals, PHAP is today launching its new training course series: the Advanced Professional Training on Displacement, Forced Migration, and International Law.
In 2018, three editions of this new series will be organized in Geneva (16-20 April), Kampala (17-21 September), and Amman (11-15 November). The first three and a half days of each edition consists of the Core Training on Refugees, IDPs, and Forced Migrants: Protection in Law and Practice. This course introduces 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.
Directly following each Core Training, PHAP is offering Issue Roundtables on Displacement, Forced Migration, and International Law, over one and a half days, looking in greater detail at specific topics that have been identified by the applicants for the Core Training. Examples of issues raised thus far include, for example, pushbacks on land and at sea, criminalization of irregular entry and related border security offenses, extraterritorial processing of asylum claims, security vetting, immigration-related detention practices, and various issues related to the blurring of legal categories.
Participants are encouraged to apply for both the Core Training and Issue Roundtables. 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.
The 2018 dates and locations are as follows (click on the event titles to learn more and submit your application):
Core Training on Refugees, IDPs, and Forced Migrants: Protection in Law and Practice
Issue Roundtables on Displacement, Forced Migration, and International Law