Legal Basics on Protection in Humanitarian Action

Fully booked

Even though protection is a core pillar of humanitarian action, it is often not entirely understood by staff working with NGOs, and/or people may feel insufficiently equipped in fulfilling their responsibilities in protection. This training seeks to provide you with the knowledge and understanding necessary to recognize and address protection issues in your daily work, in particular in situations of forced displacement. The three-day online course will cover the legal basics of protection, include practical case studies that we will deal with in small groups, and allow you to test your knowledge and learning in a final, mandatory exercise.

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You will learn

what the basics of international law concerning people in displacement are

how organizations are positioned in the (international) legal frameworks and how they can advocate for protection

how to use hands-on protection approaches and activities in your project work

Target group

NGO workers, humanitarian professionals


10:00 - 10:30

Welcome, Round of Introductions, Purpose of the Day

10:30 - 11:00

The Protection Framework – Unpacking the Definition

11:00 - 11:10

Coffee Break

11:10 - 12:00

The Protection Framework cont'd

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:35

The Protection Framework – the Bodies of Law

14:45 - 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 - 16:15

Relevant Policy Developments

16:15 - 16:30

Review, Feedback and Closing

Ed Schenkenberg van Mierop


Since 1992, Ed has worked at the global level and on the ground on humanitarian affairs. He is co-founder and Executive Director of HERE-Geneva, an independent think-tank that looks at the gap between policy and humanitarian practice by carrying out reviews, evaluations, and other studies. Before HERE, Ed worked as Chief Executive of DARA in Madrid where he led reviews and analysis on humanitarian issues. He has also been the Executive Director of ICVA, the Geneva-based NGO network that facilitates NGO coordination and cooperation on humanitarian policy and advocacy. In the 1990s, Ed worked with Medecins sans Frontieres in Amsterdam, where he co-created the policy/advocacy department, and was deployed overseas as humanitarian affairs officer.

Ed’s special areas of interest and expertise include humanitarian principles; coordination; protection; forced displacement; and quality and accountability in humanitarian response. Ed holds a Master’s degree (LLM) in International Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Marzia Montemurro


Marzia Montemurro

Marzia is currently serving as Research Director for the Humanitarian Exchange and Research Centre (HERE-Geneva). She was most recently the Director for Humanitarian Policy and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)’s representative in New York. In this role, she liaised with the UN on a range of humanitarian issues and engaged Member States in a dialogue on issues, such as access and humanitarian principles. Prior to joining ICVA, Marzia worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement in Geneva as their Head of the Africa and Americas department and a country analyst, contributing analysis and research in support of legislative and policy processes affecting IDPs. Leading up to this point, she held positions overseeing refugee response and justice sector reform programmes in Africa.

Marzia has a degree in International Relations from the University of Trieste in Italy and a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

24.2.2021 - 26.2.2021

15 hours of training

Online Event

Maximum of 30 attendees

34 of 15 required registration for this course. You will be informed after registration. Share this course with friends and colleagues to make sure it will be carried out.

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 Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict.