CDHAM Staff Attends Humanitarian Rights and Humanitarian Law Course in Geneva, Switzerland

As part of our continued commitment to internal capacity building, CDHAM fellow under the Master in Healthcare Administration and Policy (MHAP) program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Ms. Sharon Jankosky, just finished attending a Humanitarian Rights and Humanitarian Law course in Geneva, Switzerland. The course is offered by the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) and is part of a series of courses that  aim to prepare humanitarian workers and members of international relief agencies to perform more effectively while in conflict and post-conflict areas.

According to the CIHC, the course investigated the origins and principles of both Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Rights, introduced applicable conventions and protocols, explored ways where the law can enhance humanitarian assistance, and gave students an opportunity to analyze case studies and develop a thorough understanding of the applicability of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to their daily work. The aim of the course is to enhance students’ ability to monitor violations of respective rights and determine effective ways of advocacy, while also integrating international norms and standards into their own field of work.

Topics covered include:  Human Rights Law (Introduction, history, concepts, (non-) state actors; civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights, child rights); Tools for Humanitarian workers (Natural Disasters and Human Rights); Humanitarian Law (Introduction, history, Geneva Law, The Hague Law, rules of engagement, combatant status, determining conflicts); The Human Rights based approach (integrating a human rights based approach into programming and projects), Human Rights monitoring and advocacy; The Right to Humanitarian Assistance (legal concepts and current developments); Humanitarian Intervention and the responsibility to protect; International Criminal Law (History, concepts, tribunals and the ICC, practical implications for humanitarian workers); International Disaster Response Law.

For more information, refer to the CIHC website at:

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