Certificate of Advanced Studies – Legal Environment of Humanitarian Action
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 does the law protect against abuse? Who has obligations and rights under the law? What behaviour is prohibited and when does such behaviour amount to an international crime?
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.
What you can expect from this course
If you are a humanitarian professional or work in an international organisation, this course will enable you to extend your knowledge of international law applied to humanitarian action.
If you are a legal professional working outside the humanitarian sector, this course will enable you to familiarise yourself with the legal specificities of humanitarian practice and international law’s application in the field of humanitarian action.