Programme of workshop

Protection of individuals as a system-wide challenge for the United Nations

Workshop and network meeting

15-17 July 2016, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

Organized by the German Association for the United Nations (DGVN)

Contact: [email protected],


Friday, 15 July 2016

Introduction and objectives
15.30 hours Welcome
15.45 – 16.45 hours Workshop objectives, framing questions.

Logics of protection and the potential for global protection governance

Opening discussion (public)
17.00 – 19.00 hours Alleviating suffering or eliminating threats? How the UN can improve the protection of populations from violence

·       Dr. Christiane Schulz, Policy Adviser, German Institute for Human Rights

·       Peter Schumann, formerly UNDP and chief of staff for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS)

·       Florian Westphal, General Director, Médecins Sans Frontières Germany

·       Chair: Hannah Birkenkötter, HU Berlin

19.00 hours                          Conference Dinner

Saturday, 16 July 2016

9.30 – 11.00 hours

Break-out session: Thematic perspectives
Group discussions on central definitions, operationalization, challenges, debates and implications for participants’ work

·       Humanitarian protection

·       Human rights protection

·       Protection of civilians in peacekeeping

11.30 – 13.00 hours

Panel 1: Humanitarian action and protection
Andras Derzsi-Horvath, Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin The implementation of the Human Rights Up Front initiative in the humanitarian sector
Hannah Dönges, Graduate Institute, Geneva Protection of civilians in South Sudan across international organizations
Birthe Thamaz, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin Protection through the lens of UNRWA

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 hours

Panel 2: Protection of civilians – decision-making processes and national perspectives
Andreas Lehrfeld, Universität Köln Chinese UN initiatives on the protection of individuals in armed conflict
Moritz Marbach, Universität Mannheim Refugees and the UN Security Council
Christian Stock, Martin-Luther Universität Halle Protection in UN peacekeeping: common task, common understanding?

 16.00 – 17.30 hours

Panel 3: Protection of civilians on the ground
Ingvild Bode, University of Kent Practicing Norms: The Use of Force to Protect Civilians in Peacekeeping Missions
Laura Bosco, American University, Washington, D.C. Contingent upon Contingent: Signalling the resolve to protect in UN Peace Operations
Nadine Enke, University of Vienna/ Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport (Austria) Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Peacekeepers – Challenges to the Protection of Civilians – Mandate

19.30 hours Informal get-together and dinner

Sunday, 17 July 2016

9.30 – 11.00 hours

Panel 4: Human rights protection
Veronika Haasz, University of Vienna National Human Rights Institutions as UN allies
Tamya Rebelo, University of São Paulo (Brazil) and Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University From framing to implementation: an analysis of UN Security Council Resolutions on the protection of women and children
Janika Spannagel, Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin Human Rights Defenders at Risk: Ambitious Concept with Uncertain Outlook

11.30 – 13.00 hours

Final session: Reflections and further steps for cooperation
In this session, we will reflect upon insights gained throughout the workshop:

·       To what extent did the work of participants from other thematic field enrich your own understanding of protection? What have you learned?

·       How can academic research on protection improve the work of the UN in this area?

·       This will also be a time to share ideas on how to further cooperate – here, we are counting on your ideas and input for a network of young professionals working in the field of protection.

13.00 hours Optional Lunch