Certificate of Advanced Studies: 7-week course (10 ECTS credits)

CERAH’s Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS) are 7-week intensive courses, and focus problem-solving in professional realities.

Offering a wide range of specialised CAS courses, CERAH provides the opportunity for professionals to deepen their knowledge and skills in particular thematic areas of humanitarian action. The CAS courses are designed for programme and team managers to improve their competencies and leadership in defining and implementing specific strategies, while focusing on problem-solving in professional realities.

Legal Environment of Humanitarian Action

April 24 - June 9, 2017

In the contexts in which humanitarian emergencies unfold, the legal situation can be complex. Which international legal instruments apply in the situation? Is international humanitarian law applicable? If so, how does this impact human rights protection? Who has obligations and rights under the law?


Thematic Short Courses: 1-week courses (2 ECTS credits)

CERAH’s Thematic Short Courses (TSC) are 1-week intensive courses, and focus on specific issues relevant to humanitarian practitioners.

These highly interactive courses allow participants to analyze a range of issues of high importance to contemporary humanitarianism. They are led by senior academics and experienced humanitarian professionals, who guide students to develop their analytic skills and acquire practical tools.

Legal Framework of Humanitarian Action
September 25 - 29, 2017

Explore the law governing the recourse to armed force among states and international humanitarian law as they pertain to humanitarian action. Explain the responsibility to protect, and the legal framework of humanitarian access; and apply human rights law in times of emergency and armed conflict.

Special Protection Challenges and International Law
May 8 - 12, 2017

Examine issues such as sexual violence and terrorism (as well as counter-terrorism), and some of today's most pressing 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, and those whose plight is not formally recognized in legal instruments.

International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice
May 15 - 19, 2017

Explore the historical and theoretical foundations of criminal and transitional justice efforts, and analyse the judicial and non-judicial mechanisms available to ensure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation.

Legal Framework of Forced Migration
May 22 - 26, 2017

Identify who is entitled to protection as a refugee or internally displaced person under international law, understand the challenges raised by statelessness and strengthening the legal responses of humanitarian actors and international lawyers to forced migration.