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Diakonia IHL Training Series

The aim of this training series is to equip participants with a foundational understanding of the international legal framework applicable in armed conflicts and situations of occupation, with a strong focus on international humanitarian law (IHL). This series is specifically tailored to the needs of professionals working in or on the context of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) – lawyers and legal advisors, policymakers, members of the diplomatic community, civil society organizations, humanitarian and development professionals, human rights advocates, journalists and media specialists. It addresses selected humanitarian issues of particular relevance in the oPt context and discusses how international law applies to these issues.


This in-depth training on key thematic topics will familiarize participants with areas of law that have direct bearing on their work. Participants will gain a basic degree of legal literacy that should inform and enhance their protection, humanitarian, human rights, or reporting work.

The training series will consist of six sessions of two to three hours each. The content of the training is “à la carte”: participants can choose to attend all or only some sessions depending on their interest. However, participation in Sessions 2 to 6 is conditioned upon participation in Session 1 or prior participation in an equivalent training (the adequacy of the previous training for the participant to opt-out of Session 1 will be assessed in consultation with Diakonia).

Upon completion of the training, participants should be able to identify the main rules of international law applicable to the protection issues addressed during the series and should understand and know how to apply those rules. They should also be able to critically assess legal narratives from external sources.


The training entails the following sessions, which will be delivered online:

Session 1 – Introduction to international law and its relevance in the oPt (2 hours)
Thursday 18 March 2021

Session 2 – Prolonged occupation: law and humanitarian challenges (2 hours) 
Thursday 1 April 2021

Session 3 – Access and movement restrictions (3 hours)  
Thursday 15 April 2021

Session 4 – Protection of public and private property in occupied territory (3 hours) 
Thursday 29 April 2021

Session 5 – Use of force and deprivation of liberty (3 hours) 
Thursday 20 May 2021

Session 6 – Implementation and measures for accountability (2 hours) 
Thursday 3 June 2021

The training sessions will be delivered online by Diakonia IHL Centre’s team, on some occasions complemented by guest speakers. A strong emphasis will be placed on active participation and interactions between the moderators and participants, as well as amongst the participants. Case studies (real-life and illustrative hypothetical scenarios) will be introduced at various points in the training, with a view to ensure that the training content has been correctly understood or to introduce new concepts or rules, that are grounded in practical experience.

Interested? We look forward to receiving your application!