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International Law and Humanitarian Action

When: 23rd – 25th March 2020

Where: Military Law Centre, Sydney

Cost: The course is provided at no cost to humanitarian sector participants. Australian Red Cross cannot contribute to the cost of flights or accomodation for participants.

Enquiries: Michael Fletcher

This three-day course, delivered in collaboration with the Australian Defence Force Military Law Centre, is designed for a mixed audience of humanitarian, Australian Defence Force and Government participants.

The course examines the key bodies of international law that regulate armed conflict and how these bodies of law can be used by practitioners, including in relation to: 

  • Application of international humanitarian law
  • Protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure 
  • Forced displacement 
  • Protection of refugees and internally displaced persons 
  • Civil-military interaction
  • Accountability for violations of international law

The course combines scenario-based learning, panel discussions, workshops and expert presentations by Australian Red Cross, the ADF, academics and NGOs. It provides participants with accessible information to inform their work, making them aware of their own rights and obligations under international law, as well as those of other actors.

The due date for expressions of interest from Humanitarian Professionals has now expired.  ADF and Defence APS personnel should apply in accordance with the recent DEFGRAM available on the Defence Restricted Network.