Training event

European and international human rights standards in conflicts and disasters

Organizer(s) Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
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Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

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  • English

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This course is intended to provide participants with a sound knowledge of the legal frameworks and principal actors relevant to humanitarian assistance activities in conflict and/or disaster settings, and of the role of human rights in the prevention and response to natural and technological disasters, as well as to armed conflicts. In recent years, the impact of natural and technological disasters, as well as of other emergencies, has been constantly on the rise, both within and outside the EU. The recent COVID-19 pandemic is the most evident example of this trend. The intensive course on European and International Human Rights Standards in Conflicts and Disasters (EIHRSCaD) aims to cover this subject. The Course is offered as part of the training activities envisaged by a Jean Monnet Chair co-funded by the European Union. Course target The course is intended for graduate and post-graduate students, research fellows and other academics, practitioners working in humanitarian assistance or for national and international organizations, NGOs and other actors active in this field (ICRC, IFRC, national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, etc.). Applicants must have a sound working knowledge of English.

Course programme 

The Course is divided into 5 sub-modules, one for each day of classes: 

  • Introduction to International Human Rights Law (IHRL), International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Disaster Law, providing a general introduction on the relevant legal frameworks and addressing the primary role of the affected State in conflict and disaster settings. 
  • Actors in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management, focusing on non-State actors (UN, EU, IFRC, NGOs) that have a role in humanitarian assistance and disaster management activities, especially in those related to human rights protection. 
  • Protection Issues, shedding light on the notion of ‘vulnerability’ and exploring the specific protection needs of vulnerable segments of the population. 
  • Applying Human Rights in Disasters and Armed Conflicts, dealing with concrete human rights standards applicable to conflict and disaster settings, and describing the legal duties they impose on States and non-State actors. 
  • Human Rights, Disaster Prevention, and the Repression of International Crimes, addressing the interplay between IHRL, IHL and other branches of international law that contribute to preventing and mitigating the effects of conflicts and disasters, and to establishing accountability for violations of international norms. 

Course fee 

Professionals working in the field of human rights and/or humanitarian assistance in conflict and disaster settings will be required to pay a fee of € 250,00. PhD students will be required to pay a fee of € 100,00. Other participants (graduate students enrolled in a Master programmes, etc.) will be required to pay a fee of € 50,00. The fee includes lunch on class days. 

Attendance certificate 

Participants will be required to pass a final exam in order to obtain 2 university credits (ECTS). Participants attending at least 80% of the classes will be anyhow awarded a certificate of attendance 

How to apply 

Applications must be submitted, exclusively online, through the link provided in this page. A tutorial on how to register and submit the application is available for download in the “Attachment” box on this page.


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