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Israel-Palestine: training and events

IHL Training Series

29 March 2022

The Diakonia IHL training series is organized to equip professionals working in or on the context of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) 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 training series is tailored specifically towards the needs of lawyers and legal advisors, policymakers, civil society organizations, humanitarian and development professionals, human rights advocates, and journalists whose work relates to the oPt context.


The IHL Centre’s in-depth training on key thematic topics will familiarize participants with the areas of law that have direct bearing on their work. It addresses select humanitarian issues that are particularly relevant in the oPt context and discusses how international law applies to these issues. Participants will gain a basic degree of legal literacy that should inform and enhance their protection, humanitarian, human rights, or reporting work.

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 be able to understand and know how to apply those rules. They should also be able to critically assess legal narratives from external sources.

Please note that the Jerusalem Desk also organizes an IHL training specifically for members of the diplomatic community in Israel and the oPt. Further information is available here.

The Spring 2022 edition of the training series comprises six sessions in total, lasting 2 hours each. The training will be delivered in hybrid format: the first and final sessions will be conducted in-person in Ramallah, and the rest of the sessions will take place online. The specific venue in Ramallah will be confirmed closer to the date. For participants who are unable to travel to the in-person sessions in Ramallah, online training sessions will be provided.

The sessions will take place every Thursday from 11am-1pm Jerusalem time, starting on 12 May 2022.

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

Session 2 – Public order and civil life in the occupied territory and core protections for its inhabitants (2 hours)

Session 3 – Use of force: Law enforcement and conduct of hostilities (2 hours)

Session 4 – Population transfers, land and property in the occupied territory (2 hours)

Session 5 – Access and movement restrictions and fragmentation of people and territory (2 hours)

Session 6 – Implementation and measures for accountability (2 hours)

The training sessions will be delivered by the IHL Centre’s legal 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 ensuring that the training content has been correctly understood or to introduce new concepts or rules that are grounded in practical experience.

There is no enrolment fee for the training series. Participants are nevertheless required to commit to participating in all six sessions of the series.

How to apply

Applications for the Spring 2022 training series are now closed. Successful applicants will be notified via email. Information regarding future series will be available on this page at a later date.