Peacebuilding in post-conflict and fragile situations

Professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.


6 April - 4 May 2017

This course provides a concise and systematic treatment of the peacebuilding process in post-conflict and fragile situations. It adopts a holistic definition of peacebuilding that includes social, political and economic dimensions. It also focuses on the role of the different stakeholders involved and emphasizes the importance of ownership and inclusiveness as well as the need to tailor the process to the specific peculiarities of each situation. The course critically examines the role, achievements and failures of the UN Peacebuilding Commission established in 2005, taking into account the report of the UN Advisory Group of Experts delivered in 2015. It then considers all components of the peacebuilding process in a systematic manner, with a view to offering an innovative approach combining the socio-political issues with economic growth in a sustainable development perspective. The last session of the course is devoted to a case study.

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The Future of Outer Space Security

This course is designed for officials from governments and international organisations, as well as members of the military who are in charge of strategy, security and defence policy planning and intelligence. Journalists, engineers and people working in research and development as well as in the defence industry may also be interested in this module. The course is relevant to anyone with a professional interest in understanding international security challenges of the future.


22-23 March 2017

Humanity’s growing dependence on space and space assets raises contentious issues. Discussions about the responsibility of humanity’s use of space has become increasingly critical, whether the topic is purely practical, such as mitigating space debris and orbital congestion or, with the advent of new technologies and new actors, has more wide-ranging consequences for governance and space politics. This course offers a comprehensive analysis of the role of space security in a myriad of fields.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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