Internet Course "International Protection of Human Rights" (Autumn 2001)

Internet Course on the International Protection of Human Rights

The Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University offers the
Internet Course on the International Protection of Human Rights in
the Autumn 2001. The course is the result of Finnish-Baltic
co-operation between the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi
University (Finland), the Faculty of Law at Tartu University
(Estonia), Institute of Human Rights at University of Latvia, Faculty
of Law at Vilnius University (Lithuania) and the Lithuanian Centre
for Human Rights/ Law University of Lithuania. Participants are
expected to be familiar with legal concepts.  The language of
instruction is English and the course is worth 6 ECTS. Those who
successfully complete the course will be awarded a Diploma. The
course is IT-based and builds upon both independent and group study.
The number of participants is limited to 10 participants from each
partner university.

The objectives of the course are to deepen the knowledge of human
rights through strengthened capacity to analyse human rights case
law, to improve the understanding of the relationship between
international human rights law and national law and to develop skills
in using human rights resources. The Internet sessions will deal with
procedural questions under the European Convention on Human Rights,
freedom of expression, the right to fair trial, non-discrimination
and minority rights, economic and social rights as well as the right
to liberty and non-refoulment.

The course work is divided into following parts: a one-day
introductory seminar in respective country with a teacher (Professor
Martin Scheinin) from Finland, individual studies and preparation of
assignments, Internet discussions and feed-back from teachers,
regular meetings with a local teacher, final course work and a final
seminar with the local teacher. The introductory seminar will cover
an introduction to the course and its working methods, an
introduction to international human rights, the structure of human
rights conventions, state obligations, limitations, treaty
interpretation and domestic implementation as well as supervisory
mechanisms and reporting and complaint procedures.

For further information on the course, please contact the Institute
for Human Rights, or your university listed below:


Course Director:
Professor Martin Scheinin
Department of Law, Åbo Akademi University
Gezeliusgatan 2
FIN-20500 Åbo
Tel: +358-2-215 4322, email:

Course Coordinator:
Ms. Kati Frostell, Project Coordinator
Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi Universtity
Akademigatan 1
FIN-20500 Åbo
Tel: +358-2-215 3207, fax: +358-2-215 4802,


Mr. Juhani Kortteinen, Head of Lectorship in International and
European Community Law
Faculty of Law
Tartu University
Näituse 20, Tartu, Estonia
Tel: +372-7-375 986, e-mail:


Mr. Mertieš Mits, Director
Institute of Human Rights
University of Latvia, Faculty of Law
Raina bulvaris 19, Riga
Tel: 371-703 4558, fax: 371-703 4558, 371-703 4559,


Dr. Danute Jociene
Vilnius University
Faculty of Law
Sauletekio 9, 2040 Vilnius
Tel.  +370-2-769509, +370-2-768960, e-mail:

Ms. Elvyra Baltutyte, Assistant of the International law and EU
Law Department
Law University of Lithuania/Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights
Gedimino 27/2
2600 Vilnius

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