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  • Initial training - Continuing education
  • 1 year
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • AIMS

    The primary objective of this DESU is to offer practical training to international lawyers and humanitarians who intend to operate in the field. The aim is to provide excellent practical training to make students operational as lawyers or humanitarians in complex environments [conflict zones, conflict zones, conflict areas];This degree enables students to work in complex environments [conflict, pre-conflict or post-conflict areas, humanitarian emergencies, natural disasters, political tensions, extreme poverty, health hazards]. This diploma allows students to be trained in the challenges of humanitarian missions and to be put in touch with the professional world thanks to a privileged contact with practitioners - teachers. It is also part of a partnership with the NOHA network.


    The DESU addresses:

    • To students enrolled in a Master 2 in the same academic year or with a Master 2 or equivalent
    • Professionals who already work in the humanitarian field but who wish to have a better understanding of the whole range of issues
    • For people who are active in a professional activity and wish to find their bearings.

    A personal profile with an international, solidarity and action orientation is an asset. A perfect command of French and a good command of English are essential.


    Master 1 in law, political science, international relations (or other) or equivalent. The selection is based on a file and may be accompanied by an interview.


    Total number of teaching weeks in the course: 30

    Period of teaching : The course runs from September to July of the academic year.

    Language of instruction: English



    In-depth knowledge of applied international law: international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international human rights law, migration law
    Mastery of negotiation, argumentation and mediation techniques and theories
    Theoretical and practical knowledge of human rights protection mechanisms
    Theoretical and practical mastery of litigation strategy (including trial simulation)
    Theoretical and practical knowledge of humanitarian communication, humanitarian ethics, investigation techniques, strategies of humanitarian actors
    Theoretical and practical mastery of: humanitarian security, humanitarian action, project cycle, coordination and distribution, humanitarian financing, logistics


    The certified skills or abilities acquired during the year are the following:

    Analytical skills
    Knowledge of project development techniques
    Knowledge of risk factors
    Knowledge of risk reduction techniques
    Ability to design intervention strategies and integrate them into development for sustainability
    Ability to interact with nutrition, water and medical technology (not to perform the same activities but to perform coordination and management functions)
    Ability to prepare for an international mission
    Ability to communicate in a humanitarian environment
    Ability to investigate in the field
    Ability to organize a detention visit
    Ability to implement strategies
    Ability to contribute to the management of a refugee camp
    Ability to use humanitarian management techniques (project cycle, humanitarian coordination and distribution, funding, budget management and accounting)
    Ability to argue and negotiate in a humanitarian context
    Ability to argue in the context of an international trial
    Ability to develop a litigation strategy
    Ability to participate in international mediation
    Ability to work in a team in an intercultural environment
    Ability to develop reflexes, acquire analytical skills and critical thinking on humanitarian action in conflict zones/post-disaster intervention
    Ability to master the fundamentals of humanitarian security


    The presence of thirty or so external speakers - professionals in the field - which allows, in addition to first-hand contact with the humanitarian world, the constitution of a network and address book which is essential for a good start / continuation of a career in the humanitarian world, to which are added "in-house" interventions by former students who are now professionals which allow for the apprehension of the career possibilities and outlets of this diploma
    Numerous simulations and practical cases, real-life situations taking place over several days.
    The recognition and valorization of this diploma in the humanitarian job market.
    A training offer (French - English) with the possibility of having interventions in Spanish depending on the year.


    Institute of International Humanitarian Studies

    Faculty of Law and Political Science

    Bâtiment Portalis – Bureau 1.01

    3, avenue Robert Schuman

    13628 Aix-en-Provence – Cedex 1

    Téléphone : 04 42 17 29 74

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