Reports of ongoing conflict and post-conflict contexts sadly still record the civilian populations as the major causualty. This course builds capacity for senior decision-makers of armed forces, police as well as civilian experts working at the operational level with or in the context of international peace missions and enables them to address challenges in protecting civilian populations in conflict or post-conflict contexts.
It is conducted under the Training Programme of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and has furthermore been certified by the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations (UN DPKO).
ESDC Course on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict (also UN cert.): 17 – 22 Februar 2019
Application Deadline: 1 Dezember 2018
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The UN Security Council Resolution 1894 calls upon the international community and conflict parties to implement far-reaching measures to protect and Support civilian populations in situations of armed conflict. The Content of this training course reflects a broad Interpretation of protection, which goes beyond the provision of protection from physical violence but also includes the creation of larger protective environments and the implementation of activities which enhance the rights of individuals in accordance with international humanitarian law, human rights and refugee law.
Graduates of this course will be provided with a comprehensive understanding of the multiple dimensions and meanings of the protection of civilians. They will have enhanced knowledge of the actors and their roles and responsibilities in the subject matter and be in position to identify Options for coordination and synergies in the implementation of protection for civilians.
They will be able to analyze the specific threats to and the needs and rights of different vulnerable groups of civilians affected by armed conflict in order to develop and implement context-sensitive, effective strategies and measures to improve situation of civilians in armed conflict.
The methodology of the course aims at communicating the content in a way that participants can later adapt and apply it in their daily work or in a new setting. Therefore the methodology of the training is based on adult learning principles which allow the transfer of knowledge not only cognitively but also experimentally. A participatory co-learning methodology will be used in order to encourage participants coming from different fields to contribute with their specific experience to the content of the course, the discussions, working groups, and scenario-based exercises.
The course has been developed by the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) in close cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of Defence and other Austrian line ministries and is part of the Austrian contribution to the Training Programme of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). The course has furthermore been certified by the UN Integrated Training Service from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, as its contents are following the UN subject matter training standards.
Course duration is 5 days.
The reform of the national security sector has become one of the major topics of international concern regarding crisis management and post-crisis recovery during the last decade.
The focus on traditional security actors such as the police, the military, the judiciary, prison personnel, border guards, and intelligence has been complemented by a more comprehensive view on human security, bringing the basic needs and physical, social and economic security and safety of individuals and the population to the centre of attention.
ESDC Core Course on Security Sector Reform: 3 – 11 April 2019
Application Deadline: 20 Januar 2019
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This Senior Level Course addresses the challenges at the policy/strategic level to include comprehensive, long-term considerations into short term international interventions to ensure that recovery and stabilisation efforts are successful and the transition from emergency to development can be managed. It highlights a number of selected challenges which require particular attention and includes case studies from ongoing recovery processes for analysis and critical review or inspiration.
ESDC Course on Recovery and Stabilisation Strategies: 23 – 28 Juni 2019
Application Deadline: 7 April 2019