The diversity of the network that PHAP has developed – the diversity of the members who all gravitate towards the same idea – is something quite unique. Interacting and networking with other humanitarian professionals who are engaged in work across a variety of different fields is an important priority for me. With members from the sector as a whole, we have a great opportunity – in terms of understanding other peoples operations and in terms of becoming better in our own operations.

- PHAP member (since 2011)

Detention in non-international armed conflict – watch the learning session

30 Nov 2016

While detention in international armed conflicts is regulated in detail under international humanitarian law (IHL), the situation in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) is less clear. NIACs and non-state armed groups often pose particular challenges for the application of legal frameworks that in their conception focused on regulating conflicts between states.

On 15 November, PHAP organized an online learning session on the legal dilemma of detention in NIACs with Professor Gabor Rona of Cardozo Law School. The session focused on the differences between the legal status of detention in international armed conflicts and in NIACs. The session also explored the role of international human rights law (IHRL) and domestic law in the regulation of detention in armed conflict and the challenge of applying IHRL in internationalized NIACs, such as in Iraq or Syria.

If you missed this session, you can now find the audio and video recordings of his presentation and the Q&A at


This event was part of PHAP’s Online Learning Series on Humanitarian Law and Policy, which consists of live interactive online sessions targeted to practitioners in PHAP’s membership who need an up-to-date working knowledge of legal frameworks and concepts applicable to humanitarian action.