Forced Eviction and Housing Rights

29 January-11 March 2014 (E06714) | Canceled
Instructor: Bret Thiele

This e-learning course introduces participants to the international human rights framework as it relates to housing and related rights. The focus will be on the right to adequate housing as guaranteed by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as well as housing rights in other international human rights instruments and how those rights have been applied at the international and national levels.

Participants will deepen their knowledge about housing as a human right, including the content of the right to adequate housing, housing rights within the context of indivisibility of human rights, strategies and mechanisms to enforce housing rights as human rights, and the emerging comparative jurisprudence demonstrating the justiciability of the right to adequate housing including the prohibition on forced evictions, and negative and positive legal obligations related to housing.

Course structure

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, discussion, webinars with invited experts and assignments, and is offered over a six-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The course instructor will provide individualised feedback where appropriate. Participants will do the required readings and participate in group discussions and webinars.  Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon successful completion of the course. The maximum number of participants is 25. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to housing as a human right
Week 2. Prohibition on forced eviction
Week 3. Gender dimensions of the human right to housing
Week 4. Indivisibility and the human right to housing
Week 5. Regional jurisprudence on housing rights
Week 6. Domestic jurisprudence on housing rights

About the instructor: Bret Thiele

instructor photo-Bret ThieleBret Thiele received his JD, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School and his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota.  Bret is an international human rights lawyer with extensive knowledge of economic, social and cultural rights, with particular focus on the justiciability of such rights as well as on the right to adequate housing.  Bret concentrates his work on the legal advancement of economic, social and cultural rights and has successfully litigated before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the European Committee of Social Rights as well as before various United Nations treaty-monitoring bodies and as amicus curiae before domestic courts in several countries.

Who should apply

The course is intended for human rights advocates, NGO staff and development workers who work on the right to housing. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575; tuition for auditors: US$ 215. Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer (additional fee applies) and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

How to register

This course has been canceled.

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