Non-International Armed Conflicts

Sanremo, 17-20 May 2016

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Ninety per cent of present times armed conflicts are of a non international character. This workshop will explore the complex International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL) issues pertinent to the often ambiguous legal regime applicable to NIAC, and the impact this uncertainty has on the operations of military, government, and non-government organisations (NGOs). To this end, the Institute is honored to have enlisted this year again the participation of Prof. Hampson and Prof. Garraway and representatives from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and of UNESCO.

The teaching methodology used for this workshop comprises a combination of central presentations/ panel discussions and syndicate work. The syndicate work consists of exercises designed to encourage participants to interact and to explore practical ways to apply both the spirit of and the obligations created under IHL and IHRL to resolve typical issues faced by the deployed military and civilian officials. 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 also ensure a superior understanding of the multinational challenges involved in this area of IHL.

This three day long workshop is a must for military and government officials and anyone else working in Non-International armed Conflict and other situations of violence. The Institute encourages participation from those with a policing, policy or legal background and the practical sessions will be aimed at focusing on the important linkages between these various specialisations.

 Administrative information
The registration fee is 800 Euro. This should be remitted before the start of the course, or on arrival in cash or Euro currency cheque. Visa and/or Mastercard are 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 also to Ms Patrizia Di Pietro at

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