Legal protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs)

This event is targeted to humanitarian practitioners in the PHAP membership, but is open to the public.

PHAP is going to host this online learning session in its series on humanitarian law and policy. Protracted conflicts such as those in Syria, Iraq, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and elsewhere, often combined with natural disasters and food crises, have contributed to an unprecedented number of people fleeing their homes – many being displaced within their own countries. The estimated number of IDPs in the world is currently double that of the number of refugees. However, while the causes for their displacement can often be the same, refugees and IDPs are not provided the same protection under international legal frameworks.

For any details regarding the Legal protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs), kindly follow the link. 

Training Course

Thematic Workshop on Conduct of Hostilities and the Protection of Civilians

The course is designed for experienced practitioners and policy professionals, including staff of government agencies, NGOs, and the UN, and others involved in conflict areas, such as journalists, members of the military, and scholars. Participants in the Thematic Workshops are expected to have completed the Core Professional Training in Humanitarian Law and Policy.


17-18 May 2017

The “conduct of hostilities” is closely connected to the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Rules that govern what is a lawful military target may also determine when and how civilians must be protected. In this thematic workshop, participants comprehensively explore the international humanitarian law (IHL) rules governing the conduct of hostilities. The course also spends time on special protections that IHL gives to specific categories of people and objects, such as medical personnel and facilities, women, and children. Led by expert academics and practitioners, this workshop calls attention to the practical relevance of the law in humanitarian contexts and tailors discussion to challenges faced by those in the humanitarian community.

For any details regarding the Thematic Workshop on Conduct of Hostilities and the Protection of Civilians, kindly follow the link.

Training Course

Core Professional Course on Humanitarian Law and Policy

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.


14-16 May 2017

This course serves as an opportunity for experienced practitioners and policy professionals to explore international humanitarian law (IHL) challenges relevant to their work in an intensive, fast-paced, three-day course. Interactive sessions, case studies, and simulation exercises are integrated into the curriculum. Throughout the course, instructors and participants will use examples from contemporary conflicts to illustrate challenges and complexities.

For any details regarding the Core Professional Course on Humanitarian Law and Policy, kindly follow the link.

Training Course

Thematic Short Course: Dialogue with Communities

Actors of development or actors in humanitarian organizations.


20-24 February 2017

Using lectures, case studies and discussions, the general objective of the seminar is for participants to acquire the tools and skills adapted for effective communication in humanitarian settings.

At the end of the course, the participants will have developed a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of challenges, opportunities and limits of the dialogue with communities, its theoretical bases and its practical implementation with a focus on communication aspects.

For any details regarding the Thematic Short Course: Dialogue with Communities, kindly follow the link. 

Training Course

Peace Support Operations Course

Civilian and military staff augmentees to PSOs, planning staffs and their advisors; personnel who work in or with ministries of defence, foreign affairs, interior, or law enforcement; personnel working in international organisations, non-governmental organisations etc and/or missions of the UN and any of the regional organisations


15-19 May 2017

The aim of this course is to prepare civilian and military staff augmentees for Peace Support Operations (PSOs) by examining the wide ranging legal issues underpinning PSO mandates and mission design which shape and govern the conduct of operations of the deployed force.

For any details regarding the Peace Support Operations Course, kindly follow the link.

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