When talking about protocol, the focus usually goes to the Vienna Convention and international relations. However, traditions and customs that are influences in defining certain positions or ranks go further than to strictly diplomatic relations.
Protocol in its application to different domains has proved most favourable to cooperation and the accomplishment of international and specific understanding. The basic premise of applied Protocol is the use of protocol principles and procedures to overcome problems in other areas, such as institutional coordination, military force, events structure, challenges in security, or business environment. Protocol Applied includes the sphere of Diplomatic Protocol, European Institutions, International Organisations, Armed Forces, business management, sports and security.
Diplomatic Protocol | ECPD200
This unit assesses the legal basis of modern diplomatic protocol. It offers a presentation of the diplomatic status and of the main features of the Vienna Convention in terms of rights, privileges and obligations of diplomats. It also discusses the hierarchy of diplomatic representatives. By looking at how this Convention has been implemented in various states, a critical approach is taken in order to move from an analytical description of the legal basis to a prospective approach.
Titles, Honours and Decorations | ECPD201
This unit looks at official titles, awards and decorations in different parts of the world. It examines what the different titles and civilian and military decorations mean in practice and what rights and responsibilities accompany such recognition. It examines the traditions and customs that accompany certain positions and the application of protocol to people of different rank or position.
Protocol in the European Institutions | ECPD202
This course unit differentiates between the practice of protocol at an EU and at a European Member State level. It identifies the key structures and agents within the European Union. Moreover, it discusses how the different EU institutions interact with each other, how the European External Action Service works and how the EU institutions approach protocol and different symbols. Lastly, it addresses how this approach differs from the practice of protocol of the 27 member states.
Protocol in International Organisations: The UN | ECPD203
This unit discusses how international organisations deal with cultural specificities in the practice of high-level protocol. It uses the UN as a case study to demonstrate how this particular international organisation has approached multiculturalism and developed a common practice of protocol. It does this by discussing the workings and the values of the UN and then by illustrating how the UN has acted to establish procedures and rules of protocol that ensure that each culture is treated with respect and understanding in its day-to-day operations.
Protocol in the Armed Forces | ECPD204
This unit introduces the use of protocol in both military events and in state events where a military display is being used or where the military is participating. Within the military, specific ceremonies and parades are presided over by a VIP and this unit looks at the information that a VIP should have prior to such events. Thereafter, this unit it looks at how the military are best incorporated into state events and how their presence can be used to honour, for example, state visitors. It looks at where this is and is not appropriate.
Business Protocol | ECPD205
This unit has been designed to provide an overview of the business environment. When conducting business in various types of organisations and industries, it is useful to understand the way business is conducted, the culture of the environment and the structure of the organisation, and the importance of protocol in this context.
Protocol in Sport Events | ECPD206
This unit discusses the organisational aspects of major sporting events and the importance of protocol in these contexts. It begins by examining the different types of protocol that have been established, for example, in the different sporting events, i.e. which flags and anthems to use at which moments during the event. It also looks at the Olympic Games and sporting organisations such as Formula One, how they make VIPs feel special, how they honour guests (mixing those who have paid extra to be honoured with those who are honoured outside of the event) and sporting victors and what lessons can be taken from these examples for other similar types of event.
VIP Security | ECPD207
This course evaluates in detail the dynamics between protocol and security in official , private and international events on the international level, as well as the multiple challenges faced when protecting foreign dignitaries. It further explains executive protection required by the receiving sate and several protocol dynamics underlining this duty. After following this course the students will be able to list key security factors necessary to coordinate and provide protection to individuals during international summits; will have an understanding of various challenges faced by both the security agents and the protocol personnel; will have general knowledge about international terrorism, detecting and combating international crime.