Please be aware that this is a past event.

The prevalence of armed conflicts characterised by the presence of armed non-state actors carries important legal and policy implications for humanitarian professionals. Focusing on their application to non-state armed groups, this workshop provides an intensive review of the relevant bodies of international law, in particular international humanitarian law and international human rights law. It also offers an analysis of frameworks for engagement with non-state actors on specific issues such as negotiating humanitarian access or developing humanitarian protection strategies. The workshop aims at strengthening participants’ capacity to use international law when appropriate in those challenging contexts and promote respect of international norms by armed non-state actors in conflict situations.

The course is designed for mid- and senior-level staff of UN and other intergovernmental agencies, components of the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, 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.

How to apply

Please use this application form to apply for the course.

The course is open to PHAP members and to non-members. PHAP members enjoy course fee discounts, as well as other benefits. If you are not yet a member of PHAP, you can apply for membership and the selected training simultaneously through the course application form.

PHAP members who have already attended five or more days of training courses offered by PHAP, HPCR, or HPCR International, may be eligible for our Returning Participant Discount Program.

Group discounts are available for agencies and employers wishing to send several staff to PHAP trainings. Please visit our fees and terms and conditions page or contact us directly.