Counter-Terrorism Measures, Sanctions and Humanitarian Work

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Many humanitarian organizations have come into contact with counter-terrorism measures, country-specific sanctions and related legal provisions. This workshop provides an overview of current counterterrorism developments and a starting point for reflecting on their implications for humanitarian work. In particular, it will highlight the potential tensions that may arise for humanitarian actors from counterterrorism legal frameworks and policies, as well as human rights and international humanitarian law. You will also learn where to find information on country-specific sanctions and which regulations are applicable to you.

This course will take place as an online workshop in September 2021 and includes regular breaks. A second seminar on dealing with counter-terrorism measures with a focus on internal risk management will take place in autumn 2021. Further details and information on the registration process for both courses will follow in due time via our newsletter.

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You will learn

which current developments in counterterrorism are of importance

how counterterrorism legislation and policies may restrict humanitarian work

which regulations are applicable in specific cases

where you can find information on country-specific sections and regulations

Target group

Experienced humanitarian NGO staff who are responsible for the implementation of humanitarian projects and who wish to understand how counter-terrorism measures and sanctions affect their work


9:00 - 9:30

Welcome and Introduction

9:30 - 10:30

Sources of Counter-Terrorism Measures Relevant to Humanitarian Actors

  • Multilateral conventions
  • Security Council measures
  • EU measures
  • Domestic measures
  • Requirements in funding agreements

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:30

Country-Specific Sanctions

  • Who imposes them?
  • Which sanctions must I comply with?

11:30 - 12:15

How Can Counter-Terrorism Restrictions and Sanctions Adversely Affect Humanitarian Action?

12:15 - 13:15

Lunch Break

13:15 - 14:15

Group Work on Case Study

14:15 - 15:00

How Can Tensions Between Counter-Terrorism Measures and Humanitarian Action Be Mitigated or Avoided?

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard


Emanuela-Chiara Gillard is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. She has over two decades’ experience in the field of international law and humanitarian action. A particular focus of her work has been the interplay between sanctions, counter-terrorism measures and humanitarian operations.

15.9.2021 - 16.9.2021

12 hours of training

Online Event

ProviderThis Training is part of a joint programme by IFHV and VENRO and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
This training is organized by the umbrella organization of development and humanitarian aid NGOs in Germany.