Law enforcement/Police
Training Course

Preventing and Combating Terrorism


Multiple dates between 7 February - 14 March 2019

Since the 9.11 attacks, and with the multiplication of terrorist attacks on European soil, terrorism is considered one of the most important security threats the international community has to face. To what extent may states limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction? Which and whose human rights are at risk when states fight terrorism? What are the human rights challenges posed by the United Nations counter-terrorist sanctions regime? In which circumstances may lethal force – including drone strikes – be used against alleged members of terrorist groups or so-called ‘lone wolves’? Which international law rules apply in relation to the internment/detention and interrogation of persons accused of terrorism?

These are some of the key issues discussed in this course, addressing several rights including the right to life, the right to liberty, the prohibition of torture, the right to property, and freedom of movement. Although the course is mainly human rights oriented, other international legal frameworks such as jus ad bellum  and international humanitarian law will be touched upon. Recent trends in counter-terrorism, such as the preventing and countering violent extremism agenda, will be discussed in light of their human rights impact.

There are multiple dates available for this course. For further information about "Preventing and Combating Terrorism", please follow the link. 

Training Course

Orientation Course for Defence Officials for East African Countries

Now in its 7th year in Addis Ababa, GCSP’s orientation course for military officers, diplomats and senior officials involved in defence and diplomacy has become an internationally recognised complement to national training.

Defence and diplomacy are complementary instruments in the hand of a state. Together they are part of a nation's security policy.

Defence Attachés operate at the intersection of diplomacy, strategy, economics and public relations. As their roles and missions are complex and evolving, it is important for new Defence Attachés to be properly prepared to take on this function.


Participants will be selected by their Ministry of Defence or Ministry of Foreign Affairs based on the following criteria:

  • potential, newly appointed or recently accredited Defence Attachés
  • Diplomats working in the context of defence and diplomacy
  • Senior Officials with more than five years experience, from ministries working directly or indirectly with a Defence Attaché
  • availability for the entire duration of the course

For further information about the training course, Orientation Course for Defence Officials for East African Countries, please follow the link. 

Training Course

Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Programming in Fragile Environments

Designed and developed in partnership between U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the "Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Programming in Fragile Environments" is an online course for project and program management professionals.

This course presents the foundational knowledge and skills in design, monitoring, and evaluation practice which enables professionals to successfully demonstrate programmatic efficacy through results-based management. The better projects are designed at the beginning, the stronger the monitoring and evaluation tools will be to gather necessary data to ensure they are on target towards the intended outcomes and impact. The knowledge and skills are critical to ensure that risks to stakeholders are minimised, outcomes are clearly measured to maximise program impact, work is contributing to the knowledge base of the field, and that limited resources are being used efficiently.

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Design effective programs in fragile and conflict prone environments
  2. Articulate a theory of change to reveal and test underlying assumptions in a program
  3. Design and implement a results framework to track a program’s intended outcomes and impacts
  4. Determine relevant data collection methods in fragile environments
  5. Understand the essentials about evaluation design

For further information about the training course, Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Programming in Fragile Environments, please follow the link. 

Training Course

Professional Certificate in Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism


4 days

This course will run from the 22nd - 26th October in London, UK

"In February 2016, the UN Secretary-General and General Assembly adopted a resolution that will 'give further consideration to the Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism', and was formally accepted as part of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy Review in July 2016. Recent developments in security policy have identified the importance not only of preventing terrorism, but of simultaneously countering violent extremism and the radicalisation that can ultimately lead to terrorist acts. 

This course will provide those working in security, both at a national and international level, with strategic initiatives to counter terrorism and a comprehensive analysis of the latest practices in countering violent extremism.

Interactive learning will increase participants’ understanding of the key issues in countering terrorism and violent extremism, such as terrorist recruitment methods, terrorist financing and the importance of intelligence. By examining in-depth case studies and evaluating essential tools to improve security, participants will leave equipped to build a strategic action plan to tackle the most pressing security priorities.

Topics covered will include:

  • Terrorist ideologies, aims, beliefs and motivations
  • Countering terrorist recruitment methods
  • Intelligence-led security activity
  • Re-thinking counter-terrorism
  • Understanding the challenges in countering extremism
  • Strategies for countering violent extremism
  • Empowering local partners to prevent violent extremism
  • The role of social media"

For more information, or to sign up to the course Professional Certificate in Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, please follow the link provided.

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