ESDC Course on the Comprehensive Protection of Civilians

Other Provider(s)
ACP (Austria), Federal Ministry of Defence (Austria)
Start - End Date
09/02/2020 - 14/02/2020
Start - End Time
16:00 - 16:30
Application Deadline
Vienna Austria
Overall Aim
The course aims to give participants a comprehensive and critical understanding of the multiple dimensions and meanings of the protection of civilians (PoC) in armed conflict and crisis areas. This course enhances participants' knowledge and understanding of the EU integrated approach to conflict and crisis. It also aims to increase information sharing, collaboration and cooperation among the different actors, namely military, civilian crisis management, humanitarian and development aid actors in the wider context of CFSP/CSDP in the area of PoC in armed conflict. The course is an excellent opportunity to network and exchange views with other professionals from different institutional, geographical and cultural backgrounds, all working towards improving PoC in complex environments. The course will also provide an understanding of the challenges and problems faced by civilian, police and military decision makers in the field, as well as best practices aimed at preventing or responding to violence against civilians.
In order to complete the course, participants must accomplish all learning objectives this is evaluated based on their active contribution during the residential module, including the syndicate session and practical activities, and on their completion of the eLearning phase. Course participants must complete the autonomous knowledge units (AKUs) and pass the tests (mandatory), scoring at least 80% in the incorporated out-test/quiz. Participants will apply the skills they have learned on an ongoing basis through several group exercises, attempting to successfully complete the final group simulation exercise in 7 hours. This exercise is jointly evaluated by other course participants and by the instructors. There will be active observation by the course director/lead instructor and participants will be asked to fill in a feedback questionnaire at the end of the course.
Learning Outcome
Knowledge: Explain the meaning of protection of civilians (PoC) and the related terminology; Explain the different approaches to PoC taken by international actors such as the EU, the UN, NATO and others; Explain PoC-related legal instruments, including international humanitarian law (IHL) international human rights law and international refugee law; List the elements of institutional standards and expectations with regards to protection planning and the execution of protection activities by various actors. Identify and clarify the different roles and responsibilities of civilian, police, and military, international forces, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and humanitarian actors during and beyond situations of armed conflict Skills: Plan, carry out and supervise effective protection measures for civilian populations affected by armed conflict; Provide military, police and civilian contributions to international crisis management in participants' respective fields of responsibility; Produce concrete threat and risk assessments for different vulnerable groups of civilians Competences: Analyse conflict contexts with regard to threats to civilian populations; Analyse the specific threats and vulnerabilities affecting civilians during and in the aftermath of armed conflict, and develop and implement context-sensitive, effective strategies and measures to improve their situation and protect them from harm; Summaries the key concepts and principles guiding PoC and integrate them in participants' respective areas of competence; Recognize the importance of cooperation and networking among the various actors in the protection field; Compare and demonstrate lessons learned and successes from previous operations, particularly those with a protection mandate and a civilian casualty-mitigation component
Regional Focus
Type of Course
Advanced Training
Training Audience
Civilians, Military, Police
Additional Specifications
Senior national and international experts and decision-makers of armed forces (rank of Major/OF-3 and above), police (senior police officers and above), civilian mid to senior level staff from UN, EU and OSCE structures and other civili
Civilian Training Area/Military Training Discipline
Conflict Analysis and Early Warning, Crisis Management/Peacekeeping, Child Protection, Monitoring and Rehabilitation, Human Rights
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Type of Contact
Training Content
Adrian Lazaroaia
Town / City
Postal Code
Telephone Number
+322584 4539
Fax Number
Type of Contact
Registration , Administrative Matters , Training Content
Susanne J Brezina
Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR)
Town / City
Postal Code
A 7461
E-mail Address
Telephone Number
+43 3355 2498 510
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