Legal Courses

Thematic Short Course: Special Protection Challenges and International Law

Thematic Seminar: Violence and its Impact on Health

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MAY 8 - 12, 2017

Men, women, children, persons with disabilities, members of minorities, detainees and aid workers all face particular challenges in a humanitarian crisis by virtue of their sex, gender or sexual orientation, age, origin, ability, professional occupation or other factors. How does international law protect different persons or groups? Whose particular vulnerabilities are recognized in legal instruments and whose plight is not formally recognized?

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Examine issues such as sexual violence and terrorism (as well as counter-terrorism) and some of today’s most pressing humanitarian protection challenges. Study the ways international law can be employed to protect men, women, children, persons with disabilities, detainees and aid workers in humanitarian crises, as well as people and groups whose plight is not formally recognised in legal instruments

By the end of the seminar, students will be:

  • familiar with the legal norms and instruments for the protection of particular persons or groups of persons under international law
  • able to apply the law in concrete situations to respond to particular protection challenges

Learning outcomes in terms of knowledge - Understanding of

  • The main rules of international law pertaining to the protection of particular persons or groups of persons
  • The rights of persons or groups of persons and the correlative obligations of states under international law

Learning outcomes in terms of practical skills - Capacity to

  • Apply the law in concrete situations to respond to particular protection challenges

Learning outcomes in terms of analytical competencies - Ability to

  • Analyse particular protection challenges from a legal perspective
  • Critically assess the opportunities and limitations of the use of legal mechanisms for responding to particular protection challenges

CERTIFICATION

2 ECTS - Credits recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.