Please be aware that this is a past event.

Over the past years, numerous initiatives have been launched to address the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) during armed conflict, from the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 to the focus on documentation and investigation of sexual violence in war. The workshop provides an analysis of the relevant international legal frameworks aimed at preventing and responding to SGBV in conflict, including international humanitarian law (IHL), international human rights law (IHRL), international criminal law (ICL), and international refugee law.

Following an overview of the relevant law, the workshop will explore in greater detail key aspects of how international law addresses SGBV in conflict – including the evolution of ICL to consider SGBV as international crimes in themselves, and the role of IHRL, including the prohibitions of discrimination and torture, and the right of survivors to remedy and reparation. It will also provide an overview of how judicial and non-judicial international and regional mechanisms contribute to addressing SGBV in situations of armed conflict. It is designed to strengthen participants’ skills to use international law in the prevention of and protection against SGBV in different response contexts taking into account the roles played by humanitarian actors and legal professionals.

Target audience

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.