1 Feb 2015
The PHAP 2014 Annual General Assembly was held on Monday, 29 December, chaired by PHAP President Karen Koning AbuZayd. With a separate Extraordinary General Assembly to be held in April 2015, which will deal with issues of strategic importance to the association, the purpose of this meeting at the close of the 2014 year was primarily to complete regular annual administrative business, as well as to elect a new member of the Board of Directors.
31 Jan 2015
On 8 January 2015, more than 250 practitioners, researchers, experts, and others involved in humanitarian work joined an event hosted by PHAP on the principle of neutrality. Part of PHAP’s contribution to the World Humanitarian Summit consultation process, the event was an opportunity for participants to give the views on how the principle of neutrality should be implemented in humanitarian action.
27 Jan 2015
This February, PHAP will be offering a special training course in Arabic on Humanitarian Law and Engaging Armed Groups in the Protection of Civilians. Having previously been held in English in Amman, Nairobi, and Bangkok, the course will now return to Amman on 14-16 February, with the entirety of the course being conducted in Arabic.
23 Jan 2015Well-attended preview of workshop on Islamic Law, Terrorism, and Counterterrorism with Modirzadeh and March
PHAP has offered workshops for humanitarian practitioners for several years on the topic of Islamic Law and the Protection of Civilians. In March this year, this workshop will be offered in Geneva with an updated agenda taking into account developments in how Islamist armed movements are referring to Islamic Law and how governments in turn are dealing with these armed actors.
21 Jan 2015
The PHAP Secretariat would like to extend a very warm welcome to four new interns who joined the team in January 2015: Alessandra Carminati, Kevin Klaas, Pedro Silva Rocha Lima, and Phil Paterson. As interns in PHAP’s office in Geneva, they will be taking on an extensive variety of tasks, while learning about the association’s work, as well as the humanitarian sector in general.
19 Jan 2015
Since its creation, PHAP has helped foster learning and exchange between members of the association across the humanitarian sector. Bringing together several of the ways that the association has helped highlight the perspectives of members and provide members with opportunities for learning from each other, we are happy to announce the biweekly Online Exchange Hubs.
12 Jan 2015PHAP training survey 2015: Give your views on capacity building needs concerning humanitarian law and policy
If your work is related to humanitarian action in situations of armed conflict – whether you are working with a government, an NGO, a UN agency, or an academic or policy center – please take a moment to complete a brief but important survey regarding the most needed topics, languages, and locations for professional-level courses and workshops on humanitarian law and policy.
9 Dec 2014Online briefing on Islamic Law, Terrorism, and Counterterrorism, followed by special workshop in Geneva
In light of developments in Syria, Iraq, Mali, and elsewhere, with hostilities between Islamist armed groups and states and other entities becoming more heated, the relevant questions for the humanitarian community regarding Islamic Law and applicable international legal frameworks have moved well beyond humanitarian access negotiations. The use of armed force both by and against Islamist groups has increased. This alters the dynamic of conflict situations, affecting the nature of humanitarian need as well as the possibilities to respond to it.
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.