Protection Workshop

15 to 17 July 2016, Braunschweig, Germany

We are organizing a workshop and network meeting that focuses on the notion of protecting civilians from harm as system-wide challenge for the United Nations. A combination of keynotes, conference papers and network sessions will be used to critically examine the varying conceptions of protection. We are looking for papers that examine the work of the United Nations as it relates to the protection of individuals in one of the following four policy areas: security, humanitarian aid, human rights and development. We also welcome conceptual papers exploring the notion of protection with a view of discerning differences and commonalities between different policy fields and institutional units. You can find the Call for Papers here.

Beyond discussing different logics of protection, the workshop aims at creating the seed of a network connecting individuals working on protecting individuals from harm. Furthermore, we want to distill policy-relevant conclusions from current academic research on protection efforts across the UN system. We want to use the network and the conclusions for a later workshop bringing together practitioners and academics.

Register here.


Hannah Birkenkötter, Humboldt Universität Berlin

Gerrit Kurtz, King’s College London

Bastian Loges, Technische Universität Braunschweig