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Human Rights in Practice: Working in the Field

Are you interested in working in the international field of human rights? This week-long course will introduce advanced undergraduate students to what it means to work in organisations, institutions, networks and movements that defend and promote human rights. Students will interact with guest lecturers from NGOs, the UN and other inter-governmental agencies, law firms, and national human rights institutions. They will study areas such as human rights monitoring, advocacy and campaigning, grassroots organizing, humanitarian law and transitional justice. Sessions will be highly interactive and will include skills-based activities, often based on case studies. The course will culminate in a visit to The Hague to visit the International Criminal Court and other international criminal justice institutions.

This course will present practices in the international field of human rights and introduce advanced undergraduate students in law, political science and social sciences to what it means to work in organisations, institutions, networks and movements that defend and promote human rights. Course lecturers will be practitioners working for NGOs, the UN and other inter-governmental agencies with a human rights mandate, law firms, and national human rights institutions. The course will include modules on a range of topics that are representative of the human rights field, including:

– Human Rights Activism
– Advocacy for Children’s Rights
– Human Rights Litigation
– The Role of National Human Rights Institutions
– National Action Plan for Human Rights
– Human Rights Cities
– Lobbying for Human Rights
– Using Media for Human Rights
– Human Rights Education and Training Rights
– Capacity-building of Civil Society Sector in Transitional Democracies
– Human Rights Diplomacy
– International Humanitarian Law: the Laws of War

There will be many opportunities for participants to network with the lecturers.

Study Load

This course earns students 1.5 ECTS. The class daily from 9:30-17:00 (six hours per day of instruction) for one week. The fifth day will be held in The Hague. Preparation time is approximately five hours before the course begins and an additional five hours during the course of the week, which includes time for reading and working on a reflection piece.

Costs

The course tuition is € 595 (after 1 June € 695). This includes coffee/tea breaks; travel and lunch in The Hague; certificate and 1.5 ECTS. Tuition does not include accommodation, which has be arranged through the UCR Housing Affairs Council.

Brochure with detailed daily programme Brochure PDF file

Registration is now closed. This course will be offered again in 2017 as part of the Four Freedoms Summer Program 2017. Registration will open in October.