Humanitarian Negotiators Training Course

The Humanitarian Negotiators Training Course is a week long course for those with experience in humanitarian relief and negotiation. This course prepares aid workers, who are often faced with the need to negotiate access to prisoners, refugees, and internally displaced persons (IDPs), as well as negotiate in a hostile and dangerous environment for the delivery of food, medicine, and personnel. The objectives of the course are to provide participants with the framework and fundamentals of negotiation, the legal tools, and the knowledge of its practical aspects. They should be able to refine and enrich their experience of the different techniques of negotiation in a combination of theoretical study and practical exercises. These will include workshops, specific case studies, inter-active role play, and by sharing their own experiences.

HNTC courses have been given in New York, Geneva, Penang, Barcelona, and Berlin. The course in Penang, grant funded by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, was held in cooperation with Penang Medical College and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The courses in Barcelona are held in cooperation with the Barcelona International Peace Resource Centre (BIPRC).

The HNTC community now numbers over 143 graduates from over 29 nations, the great majority of whom are aid workers with field experience. HNTC graduates and faculty represent most UN agencies, as well as all major non-governmental humanitarian organizations, and military, diplomatic, academic, political, and religious groups from around the world.

Dates for this course can be found on our Calendar.

In strengthening our partnership with Fordham University, many of our administrative functions will be migrated to the academic partner of the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation, the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University.

The content, structure and rigor of the course will remain the same, and our courses will continue to be taught by CIHC as well as Fordham faculty.

The only changes made to the program will be administrative, particularly the application process.  The application process will now be managed by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs in partnership with Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, just like the Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action. 

If you are interested in applying for the program, you must apply directly to the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University.  This administrative change will help to streamline our application process, and will allow our students to take greater advantage of Fordham's resources.

We ask for your continued patience as we undergo this exciting transition.

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