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.

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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.

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

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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. 

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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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ESDC Course on Peacebuilding

ENLIST Nominators : International participants from governmental and non-governmental institutions engaged in conflict prevention, crisis management, humanitarian aid, or development cooperation at the strategic level, with a particular emphasis on professionals working for the European Union or in the European context.


from 7 to 12 May 2017

Course Description

The upcoming training course on Peacebuilding is designed to provide professionals with a comprehensive approach to peacebuilding as both a concept and task. It focuses on human security and the basic human needs of a population in a conflict-ridden area, on protecting and promoting human rights, supporting good governance and the rule of law, democratisation and civil society participation as well as sustainable socioeconomic and ecological development. The course is furthermore designed to enhance the collaboration of a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including governments, civil society, the private sector, international institutions and agencies and international non-governmental organisations using a coherent, coordinated and complementary (3C) approach.

The aim of the course is to provide participants with:
• a comprehensive peacebuilding approach as basis for their engagement in peacebuilding activities,
• skills regarding the planning, implementing, and assessing of major peacebuilding tasks,
• strategies for collaboration with other stakeholders from the various segments of the peacebuilding

It is organized by the ASPR in collaboration with the Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports and the Geneva
Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in the framework of the Academic Programme of the European Security and
Defence College (ESDC). It will take place from 7-12 May 2017 at the premises of the ASPR in Stadtschlaining,

Requirements for Participation
Course Participants will come predominantly from EU institutions, its member states, and EU candidate countries. Nominees should be working for governmental or non-governmental institutions/organisations engaged in conflict prevention, crisis management, humanitarian aid, or development cooperation at the strategic level. A grant from the Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports will cover all course related expenses. Participants only have to pay for their international/local travel as well as for full-board accommodation at the local Hotel and Conference Centre “Hotel Burg Schlaining”.

1. Conditions of Participation
Participants should have expertise in their respective areas of professional competence related to peacebuilding. Civilian candidates who are already involved or plan to be involved in planning, implementing, or assessing peacebuilding activities, either from their home base in governmental or non-governmental organisations or in a leading position in the field, are especially encouraged to apply as are police and military experts involved in the planning and implementation of safety and security related tasks in the context of peacebuilding. Since English will be the working language of the course, participants must have a good command of English to be able to engage in discussions and fully benefit from the training. Candidates are expected to have ongoing access to a well working internet connection in order to successfully participate to the mandatory pre-course learning programme as well as complete several other learning requirements during and after the course. Participants who wish to arrive late or depart early cannot be accepted. The intense format of the programme does not allow for any additional commitments during the course.

2. Selection of Participants
The organizers intend to select a highly diverse group of participants in terms of professional and organisational background, age and nationality, and with due regard to gender balance. However, as only a limited number of 25 participants can be accepted, priority is given to applicants who best fulfil the conditions outlined above to ensure training of the highest possible quality. Interested candidates are to apply with the “Application Form” sent out with this email. Please fill in all relevant information and provide an active email address you have regular access to, as we will be sending you important course-related information. The information you share in the form will only be used for selection purposes and will not be distributed to others.
All applicants are requested to send the application form by email to
Ms. Claudia Hofer,, Tel: 3355-2498-507.
The application deadline is the 28 February 2017 strictly.

3. Costs of Participation
The support from the Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports covers all course related expenses (such as participation fees, course materials, expert honoraria, etc.). Participants only need to cover their full-board accommodation at the local Hotel and Conference Centre for the duration of the training as well as their travel, visa, and insurance expenses. Free collective transport between Vienna and the course venue will be provided by the ASPR. Furthermore, participants will be responsible for all beverages, laundry, telephone bills, and other personal costs that might occur.
The total cost for 5 nights full-board accommodation (incl. coffee breaks and social event) at Hotel Burg Schlaining amounts to € 600,- per participant. Information on the payment procedures will be sent out to the selected participants in due course.

For further information on this and other courses by the European Security and Defence COllege (ESDC), kindly follow the link. 

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