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OADH 2080 - Humanitarian Negotiations

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This seminar will explore the concrete interactions involved in aid work between humanitarian practicioners and their many interlocutors in the field. Advocacy campaigns by humanitarian agencies tend to focus on moral and legal principles in support of their "right to bring assistance" in conflicts. Access to populations in need, autonomy of evaluation, safety of their personnel, however, are much more likely to depend on negotiations and compromises with those holding power in given situations. Relying on essays by scholars and practicioners as well as documentary films, the course will seek to familiarize students with the relations of force, logics and interests that aid workers need to grasp to identify their constraints and the means available to increase their room for manœuvre in carrying out their assistance goals.


CROMBE, Xavier B. (Research Director, Fondation Médecins Sans Frontières)

Course validation

Case studies ; final paper.

Required reading

  • David Keen, Complex Emergencies, Polity Press, 2008
  • Magone, Neuman & Weissman (ed.), Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed, Hurst/MSF, 2011
  • Larissa Fast, Aid in Danger, The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014