Peace Support Operations

Sanremo, 9-13 May 2016


The aim of this course is to prepare civilian and military staff augmentees for Peace Support Operations (PSOs) by examining the wide ranging legal issues underpinning PSO mandates and mission design which shape and govern the conduct of operations of the deployed force.

The key overarching teaching objectives of the course are to understand:

  • The range and nature of PSOs and their historical development.
  • The status, privileges and immunities of Peace Keeping Forces under International and host nation law.
  • Interpret and implement cease fire and peace agreements.
  • The legal boundaries of UN Security Council authorizations approving PSOs.
  • The interrelationship between mission objectives and basing agreements (e.g. MOU, MTA, SOFA).
  • The role in PSOs of the UN, of regional organizations such as the AU, of regional security forces such as the ASF, and other organizations and troop contributing nations.
  • The interrelationship of IHL and IHRL, including the use of force, in PSOs.
  • The dynamics of new and emergent issues in PSOs.
  • The nature of criminal responsibility in PSOs.

The aim and objectives of the course are delivered in five modules of one day. The course is designed for the following personnel: civilian and military staff augmentees to PSOs, planning staffs and their advisors; personnel who work in or with ministries of defence, foreign affairs, interior, or law enforcement; personnel working in international organisations, non-governmental organisations etc and/or missions of the UN and any of the regional organisations.

The teaching methodology used for this course comprises a combination of presentations, panel discussions and syndicate work. Attendees will participate in small group case study exercises addressing current PSO-related issues. Exercises are facilitated by teaching staff utilising current examples of situations experienced by recently deployed military and civilian officials. The focus throughout the course is an experienced based methodology which practically addresses topics.

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 IOs and NGOs.

Administrative information
The registration fee is 900 Euro. This should be remitted before the start of the course, or on arrival in cash or Euro currency cheque. Credit cards are also accepted. The registration fee covers:

  • Course 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 Sara Rossi at

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