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NORGLOBAL2-Norge - global partner

Red Lines and Grey Zones: Exploring the Ethics of Humanitarian Negotiation

Alternative title: Røde linjer og gråsoner: en utforskning av humanitære forhandlingers etikk

Awarded: NOK 11.9 mill.

Project Number:

325238

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2021 - 2025

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Humanitarian action relies on negotiations with powerful actors for access and programming at local, national and international levels. These negotiations are filled with ethical dilemmas like cooperating with war criminals and repressive regimes, favouring certain social and political groups or putting the lives of local staff at risk in order to save lives and alleviate suffering. Starting from consultations with humanitarian practitioners, this project maps out these problems and cross-examines them through a set of case studies and theoretical perspectives. The cases are from Syria, Bangladesh, Colombia, Nepal, the Mediterranean and the UN Security Council. The project team will also develop online university courses at MA and PhD levels and professional trainings, and will interact with policymakers, practitioners and civil society through a range of online and offline activities with a global reach. The project is hosted by Peace Research Institute Oslo in association with the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. It includes research partners from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá; Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu; University College Dublin; Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, University of Oxford; and Inland Norway University. The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation - a collaboration between the ICRC, UNHCR, WFP, MSF and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue – will be actively involved in consultation and training activities. University courses will be offered in collaboration with Research School on Peace and Conflict and the Joint Master's Degree of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA).

Humanitarian action relies on negotiations with counterparts at local, national and international levels. These negotiations are filled with ethical dilemmas like cooperating with war criminals and repressive regimes, striking deals that favour certain social groups and accepting agreements that put the lives of local staff at risk. Yet, these dilemmas remain to be studied as ethical problems in negotiations. Starting from consultations with humanitarian practitioners, this project maps out these problems and cross-examines them through a set of case studies and theoretical perspectives. The cases are from Syria, Bangladesh, Colombia, Nepal, the Mediterranean and the UN Security Council. Findings will be presented in scholarly articles, a journal forum and special issue, as well as in related policy briefs, blog posts, podcasts and webinars. The project team will also develop online university courses at MA and PhD levels and professional trainings with a global reach. The research team will engage with policymakers, practitioners and civil society through a range of online and offline activities, including in Bogotá, Dublin, Geneva, Kathmandu and Oslo. The project is hosted by Peace Research Institute Oslo in association with the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. It includes research partners from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana: Tribhuvan University; Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), University College Dublin; Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, University of Oxford; and Inland Norway University. The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation - a collaboration between the ICRC, UNHCR, WFP, MSF and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue – will be actively involved in the consultation and training activities. University courses will be offered in collaboration with the Research School on Peace and Conflict and the NOHA Joint Master's Degree in Humanitarian Action - involving 10 European and 14 global partner universities.

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NORGLOBAL2-Norge - global partner