21 Mar 2019

Introductory Seminar on International Humanitarian Law and UNHCR Simulation Game "Passages"

From 21/03 till 23/03

Natolin (Warsaw) Campus
ul. Nowoursynowska 84
PL-02/797 Warszawa

Natolin (Warsaw) Campus

From 21 March to 23 March 2019, the European Interdisciplinary Studies programme organized — in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross — a two and a half days Introductory Seminar on International Humanitarian Law for students, researchers and practitioners.

The aim of this seminar was to familiarize participants with new and emerging challenges that the international community is confronted with in the domain of Humanitarian Protection and Assistance in times of armed conflicts.

Professor Elżbieta MIKOS-SKUZA (University of Warsaw, College of Europe) and other practitioners of Law and EU Affairs addressed highly-discussed issues related to the workings of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the links between the European Union and IHL.

On 24 March 2019 (Sunday) 09:00-13:00, the seminar was followed by a simulation game — "Passages" — created by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1995 and designed to put participants through the experience of being a refugee fleeing war or persecution. The game was organized by the College of Europe Natolin campus in cooperation with the UNHCR Representation in Poland.

Watch the film from the simulation game below:


Both the seminar and the simulation game were open to students (in their final year of studies) of Law and Administration, International Relations, Political Science, Diplomacy, European Studies, Journalism and other related fields, to registered students of the College of Europe, as well as to students/researchers currently attending a postgraduate programme in the above fields and practitioners. A certificate of participation was given to participants who followed the entire programme. The seminar was conducted in English without translation.

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