Humanitarian policy: How do we make it and what is it good for?

Launch of IHSA Disasters Special Issue

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Time: Tuesday, 11 June 2019 12:00-14:00
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Humanitarian policy: How do we make it and what is it good for?
Photo: Indigo Trigg-Hauger / PRIO

Co-hosted by PRIO, IHSA, NCHS, UiO.

We welcome you to this public seminar at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) launching the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) Disasters Special Issue on humanitarian governance.

How do humanitarian organizations make policy, what do they make policy on, and what do they use it for? While there is an enormous amount of humanitarian policy-making going on, this seminar will explore a topic rarely discussed in its own right, namely the nuts and bolts of humanitarian policy making as a form of humanitarian governance. Why are certain themes suddenly the objects of policy production and how do 'buzzword' policies travel through humanitarian space? Based on PRIO's contributions to the IHSA special issue, we discuss the work done by policy initiatives around the Protection of Civilians (PoC) agenda, rights-based approaches and technological innovation.

Join PRIO researchers and outside experts for a discussion on why certain themes are suddenly the objects of policy production and how policies travel through humanitarian space.

Chair: Kristel Tonstad (International Law and Policy Adviser) 

Discussant: Susanne Jaspars (Postdoctoral Research Associate SOAS University of London, Secretary IHSA)

Speakers:

Introduction: a world in turmoil - Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (Research Professor PRIO, Professor University of Oslo)

On Protection of Civilians as Policy - Kristoffer Lidén (Senior Researcher PRIO)

Rights-based approaches as a figleaf in a context of Occupation - Jacob Høigilt (Associate Professor University of Oslo)

A light lunch will be served.