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Israel, the occupied territories and the autonomous territories: Workshop on international humanitarian law for Palestinian university professors

09-03-2000 News Release 00/08

From 19 to 21 February the ICRC, in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education, held a workshop for 26 university professors involved in developing a course on democracy, human rights and international humanitarian law.

The ICRC, which has been working with the Ministry for the past two years, helped design the humanitarian law component of the course. To be introduced first as a pilot project in selected institutions, the course will later become part of the compulsory curriculum in all Palestinian universities.

The workshop opened with keynote addresses by the Palestinian Deputy Minister of Higher Education, the ICRC head of delegation and a representative of the Swiss government, which is funding the project. It was conducted by Ameur Zemmali, ICRC legal adviser for the Middle East and North Africa, who talked about the contexts in which humanitarian law is taught, the methods used, prior experiences in Arab countries and implementation of the law worldwide.

At the closing session participants summed up the three days of intensive work and recommended that further training in humanitarian law be organized and that a committee be formed to follow up on the topics agreed on and discussed at the workshop.