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Regional IHL Experts Convene in Beirut, Lebanon

IHL Resource Desk in Lebanon convened its first regional expert meeting on the topic of training and education in IHL on the 10th – 11th of May 2018

5/11/2018

Beirut, Lebanon- Diakonia’s International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Resource Desk in Lebanon convened its first regional expert meeting on the topic of training and education in IHL on the 10th – 11th of May 2018 in Beirut. Participants hailing from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Palestine met for a two-day roundtable on regional experiences and lessons learned when training on IHL in formal university settings or for professionals.

IHL has been underrepresented in law schools across the region and all participants believe in the importance of placing IHL back on the agenda of ministries, the armed forces and universities in their countries. Experts from academic institutions in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland with well-established IHL programs also participated in the conference to help share their experiences. This combination of IHL experts from the region and academics are best placed to enhance the way that IHL is taught in universities, government institutions, to humanitarian professionals and journalists.

Diakonia’s Resource Desk aims to promote international humanitarian law and share expert knowledge with national authorities, inter-governmental bodies, international and regional organisations, humanitarian actors, and academia.

Here are some of the latest developments from the meeting:

All practitioners referred to the limited Arabic language training materials for IHL, and in addition there was consensus around the room for the need to develop a range of IHL curriculums, making use of innovative teaching methods and technology.