Africa Accountability Colloquium

Sanremo, 1-3 March 2016

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This high profile event, now in its fourth iteration, is delivered by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) in partnership with the United States AFRICA Command (USAFRICOM). The Colloquium will maintain an African focus on issues relevant to the African militaries. This year the theme of the Colloquium will address the response to gender based violence in peace operations.  The Colloquium is aimed at military commanders, Chiefs of Staff, and their staff legal advisors as well as high-level civilian officials involved in such operations.

To lay the foundation for responding to sexual violence allegations, the participants will discuss the following topics: what happens following allegations of sexual violence, legal standards, duty to investigate, what’s a violation, comparative law, and who’s responsible. The objective of this 3 day Colloquium is to heighten understanding of the issues and to identify best practices in the response to gender based violence during peace operations.

The focus over the 3 days will be:

  • Day1: Recognizing Gender Based Violence and understanding the obligations to respond during Peace Operations
  • Day 2: Responding to Gender Based Violence during Peace Operations
  • Day 3: Table Top Exercise and CAPSTONE

The methodology for the Colloquium will comprise a combination of central presentations, panel discussions, and syndicate work. The syndicate work will consist of relevant, imaginative exercises designed to encourage participants to interact and to explore practical ways for military and civilian officials to successfully implement accountability models.

IIHL Teaching Staff and Facilitators are drawn from experienced senior military legal officers, leading academics, practicing lawyers and senior government officials practising in the field together with experts from international organisations. The wide range of national and cultural experiences of the participants attending will ensure a grounded and relevant discussion of the multinational challenges involved in this area of IHL.

Administrative information
The registration fee is €800 Euro. This should be remitted before the start of the workshop, or on arrival in cash or Euro currency cheque. Credit cards are also accepted. The registration fee covers:

  • Workshop material
  • Lunches and coffee breaks on working days
  • Welcome Cocktail and final official dinner
  • Course Photograph, Diploma  and Institute Plaque
  • Transport from/to Nice Airport

The registration fee does not cover all other expenses incurred by the participant such as hotel accommodation, laundry or telephone calls. Participants must ensure that they bring with them sufficient funds to pay for such expenses. Queries on the course including registration and administrative questions should be directed to Ms Maria Jonsson at