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Is the attack on UN peacekeepers in DRC a war crime? The status of UN peacekeepers under IHL

Event information

Time and Date

27 Mar 2018, 15:00-16:00


Public: Upon registration

Remote participation possible

Event format

Briefing/ lecture/ panel discussion




With the United Nations Secretary-General calling the assault “the worst attack on U.N. peacekeepers in the organization’s recent history,” and “a war crime”, the incident taking place in December 2017 has renewed the debate over the status of UN Peacekeepers under IHL.

On 27 March, this webinar will discuss the legal and policy challenges related to the UN peacekeepers operating in situations of on-going armed conflict, and whether and when they can be considered a party to the conflict.


Event time

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 15:00 - 16:00 (Geneva time)

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Target audience and event access

The event targets legal practitioners as well as humanitarian practitioners in the PHAP membership seeking a more advanced understanding of laws and policies related to or affecting humanitarian assistance and protection in armed conflict. The event is also open to the public. In order to join the event, please register in advance at



Marten Zwanenberg

Legal Counsel, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands



Angharad Laing

Executive Director, PHAP

Théo Boutruche

Humanitarian Law and Policy Course Director, ICVA



PHAP Credentialing Program

Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem
This event will help you prepare for the PHAP Credentialing Program certification in International Legal Frameworks for Humanitarian Action. In particular, the event will address some aspects of segments 3.4 and 3.5 of the certification assessment outline. Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program