Short course Legal Framework of Humanitarian Action 2019



17 September 2018 - 21 September 2018
2 ECTS credits
40 Teaching hours
1 week






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Registration deadline

3 September 2018
10 days before the beginning of the course


CHF 1'500.-


  • 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 working in humanitarian action wishing to improve his knowledge in international law applied to humanitarian contexts


  • The Legal Framework of Humanitarian Action
  • Human Rights Law and Social Exclusion
  • Introduction to Forced Migration and the Protection of Refugees
  • IHL and Human Rights Law: The Use of Force and the Protection of Civilians
  • International Humanitarian Law and Non-state Actors
  • Humanitarian Access
  • Introduction to International Criminal Law and Court


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


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.

Number of participants

Le nombre de participants est adapté à la pédagogie choisie.

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