Short course Legal Framework of Humanitarian Action 2019

This thematic short course is a full-time executive training which focuses on the analysis of international law in order to develop a relevant context analysis.



16 September 2019 - 20 September 2019
2 ECTS credits
40 Teaching hours
1 week






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Registration deadline

2 September 2019


Total fees: CHF 1’500.-

Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 200.-

If registration fees are not paid before the beginning of the course, access to the programme will not be allowed. 

There are no scholarships available for this programme.


  • Analyse the legal dimensions of humanitarian crises
  • Present the main rules of international humanitarian and human rights law pertaining to humanitarian action
  • Explain the key provisions of international refugee law
  • Apply the relevant rules of international law in a specific case


Professional in humanitarian social and development organisations who wants to improve his competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on his experiences
Professional from other sectors who wishes to deepen his understanding of the contemporary humanitarian action


  • The types of international laws (international law, refugee law, international criminal law and humanitarian rights law and application)
  • The links and uses of international laws within humanitarian responses (humanitarian access, immunity…)


Prof. Doris SCHOPPER, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) a joint center of the Universtiy of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)


Dr. Sharon WEILL, CERAH and Political Sciences Paris
In the contexts in which humanitarian emergencies unfold, the legal situation can be complex. How can international law help advance humanitarian objectives, to get access to populations in need, for example? What legal instruments apply in different situations of armed violence and who do these instruments protect?

Actors may use the law to present their actions in the best light possible or to discredit others. Humanitarian projects can become entangled in this situation – to steer a clear path and use international law to advance humanitarian objectives, humanitarian workers need a good legal grounding. This seminar provides an introduction to the legal protection of victims of armed conflict and the work of UN human rights mechanism, among other topics.

This short course is developed jointly with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Admission criteria

  • Professionals in humanitarian social and development organisations who want to improve their competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences.
  • Professionals from other sectors who wish to deepen their understanding of the contemporary humanitarian action and understand how to transfer their acquired competencies in that sector.

Number of participants

Le nombre de participants est adapté à la pédagogie choisie.

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