2002 ACADEMY ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 28 - JUNE 14, 2002 (Details and application forms can be downloaded from our website: http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy) We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for summer program 2002 of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law & International Legal Studies Program at American University, Washington College of Law and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Please share this information widely. The deadline for submitting applications is May 13, 2002. INTRODUCTION The Academy is designed to offer an innovative and diverse program tailored to the needs of counselors in international organizations, government agencies, international relief agencies, policymakers, NGO representatives, academics, and law students specializing in human rights from around the world. With the participation from current practitioners and future human rights advocates, this program offers an unparalleled opportunity to network with peers from across the globe and advance the application of human rights norms at the beginning of the 21st Century. More than 100 practitioners and students from four continents participated in last year's program. COURSES The Academy offers specialized courses on regional human rights law, universal human rights law, international humanitarian law, as well as other thematic courses. In addition, this year a core set of courses will be offered again in the Spanish language. Our faculty include recognized professors, practitioners, and human rights activists from different regions in the world. Summer 2002 courses in English include: 1. European Human Rights Law (Leo Zwaak, University Lecturer, Utrecht University) 2. International Humanitarian Law (Robert Goldman, Professor of Law, WCL) 3. Inter-American and African Human Rights Law (Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Human Rights Principal Specialist, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Christof Heyns, Director and Professor of Human Rights Law, University of Pretoria) 4. Human Rights Practice: Skills, Ethics and Values in Advocacy (Richard Wilson, Professor of Law, WCL; Melissa Crow and Elizabeth Bruch, Practitioners-In Residence, WCL) 5. Human Rights and Environmental Law (Durwood Zaelke, President, Center for International Environmental Law and Romina Picolotti, Director of the Access to Justice Program, Center for Human Rights and Environment (Cedha) 6. Women and International Human Rights Law (Kelly Askin, Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University) 7. United Nations and Human Rights (Nigel Rodley, Professor of Law, University of Essex) 8. Accountability for Past Human Rights Violations (Reed Brody, Special Counsel for Prosecutions, Human Rights Watch) 9. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Philip Alston, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law). Summer 2002 courses in Spanish include: 1. Inter-American Human Rights Law (Claudio Grossman, Dean and Professor; Claudia Martin and Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Academy Co-Directors and Visiting Associate Professors, WCL) 2. United Nations and Human Rights (Alejandro Valencia Villa, Advisor Office of the United Nations High Commissioner in Colombia) 3. Litigation and Activism in Human Rights (Víctor Abramovich, Executive Director, Center for Legal and Social Studies; and Felipe González, Professor of Law, Universidad Diego Portales) 4. Administration of Justice Reforms in Latin America and Fundamental Rights (Juan Enrique Vargas, Executive Director, Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Américas) HUMAN RIGHTS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. The Academy's Washington, DC location offers unrivaled opportunities for our participants, allowing them access to key resources and human rights institutions such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) within the Organization of American States, Human Rights Watch, and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), as well as international organizations such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank which are influential in the development of rule of law programs. Our participants take advantage of these resources via on-site visits, specialized conferences, workshops, distinguished lecture series and career panels. Last year, for example, participants met with key staff members at the IACHR, CEJIL and Human Rights Watch, the World Bank Inspection Panel, the United States Congress, where they learned the history of the organization and their work on human rights or their efforts to integrate human rights issues into their mandate. Such visits provide a venue to meet people behind the institutions and become familiar with the resources and materials such organizations offer. Participants also attend workshops that offer training in human rights advocacy skills and career panels that explore growing opportunities in the dynamic field of international human rights. Keynote speakers, specialized conferences and the distinguished lecture series will bring to campus leading human rights practitioners and distinguished thinkers from this country and abroad who are working on the frontiers of contemporary thought. These events are aimed at providing our participants with a forum to engage in discussion and network with the international and local human rights community. HUMAN RIGHTS MONTH As part of last year's program, the Academy organized the Human Rights Month, an event that included a series of conferences by distinguished lecturers and human rights practitioners, a film festival, a career panel, workshops, and on-site visits to national and international institutions in Washington D.C. The conferences featured seminars such as: International Civil Society and Human Rights: Overcoming the Democratic Deficit?; Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights; Banca Multilateral, Estado de Derecho y Gobernabilidad; the World Commission on Dams Report; The Battle against Impunity: International and Domestic Remedies; UN World Conference against Racism: Battle, Struggle, Challenge or Promise?; and Trade, Labor Rights, and Environmental Protection. The academy was honored to have Mr. José Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch Americas; Mr. Víctor Abramovich, Executive Director, CELS, Argentina; Mr. Fernando Carrillo, Modernization of State Specialist, Inter- American Development Bank; Ms. Teresa Genta-Fons, Senior Counsel, Legal Department, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank; Ms. Rachel Kyte, IFC/Office of Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman; Ms. Maria Herminia Graterol, Race, Ethnicity and Gender Justice in the Americas; Mr. Keith Harper, Native American Fund; Ms. Grace McDonough, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Ms. Veena Vasista, International Human Rights Law Group; Mr. Sam Buffone, Ropes & Gray; Ms. Martina Vandenberg, Europe Researcher, Human Rights Watch; and Mr. Richard L. Herz, Litigation Director, Earth Rights International as speakers in the conferences. In addition, the distinguished WCL faculty participating in the panels included: Dean Claudio Grossman, and Professors Ken Anderson, Daniel Bradlow, David Hunter, Jerry Levinson, Beth Lyon, Diane Orentlicher; and Jan Perlin. The Human Rights Month also included a film festival, a workshop on how to present petitions before the Inter-American Human Rights System conducted by experienced staff attorneys of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), as well as a career panel that featured Mr. Christopher Sabatini, Senior Program Officer, NED; Mr. Don Muncy, Senior Democracy Officer, Bureau of Africa, USAID; Mr. Christopher Borgen, ASIL; and Ms. Aurora Carmichael, WCL Director for Grants and Programs. Lastly, students in the program participated in on-site visits to the Inspection Panel of the World Bank, where they met with Mr. Alberto Ninio; the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where Mr. Ariel Dulitzky and Mr. Brian Tittemore lectured on the new developments in the regional system; the U.S. Congress to participate in a panel discussion with Mr. David Abramowitz, Democratic Chief Counselor, and Mr. Joseph Rees, Legal Counsel, House International Relations Committee; Human Rights Watch to meet with Mr. Steve Goose, Program Director, Arms Division; and CEJIL where Ms. Roxanna Altholz and Ms. María Clara Galviz made a presentation on the activities of this organization. Such visits provided a venue to meet people behind the institutions and become familiar with the resources and materials such organizations offer. The 2002 Academy will again sponsor Human Rights Month as part of the activities that the program will offer to participating students. As in our previous edition, Human Rights Month will include a series of panels on current issues of international law and human rights with presentations made by distinguished professors and practitioners, workshops that offer training in human rights advocacy skills, a career panel that will explore growing opportunities in the dynamic field of international human rights, and on-site visits to national and international institutions based in Washington, D.C. These events are aimed at providing our participants with a forum to engage in discussion and network with the international and local human rights community. HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD The Human Rights Award of the Academy is conferred upon participants who successfully pass two required examinations, one written and one oral before a panel of experts. Candidates for the award should be law faculty currently teaching international human rights law or related courses, or lawyers with at least five (5) years of experience in the field of international human rights law. Examinations can be taken in English or Spanish. Interested candidates should contact the Academy to request a copy of the Award Regulations and registration requirements. ADMISSION The Academy's program is designed for lawyers or law students with a demonstrated interest in international human rights law. Other professionals in related fields with some academic or practical experience in human rights can also be accepted to the program on a case- by-case approval. Admission of the candidates to the Academy is decided by a Selection Committee. Candidates planning to take courses in English may apply to the Academy either for Academic Credits or for a Certificate of Attendance. Candidates taking the courses in Spanish may apply to the Program for a Certificate of Attendance only. Application of Credits toward an American University, Washington College of Law, LL.M. Degree in International Legal Studies: Those planning to apply to or already admitted to but not yet enrolled in the Master in International Legal Studies at American University Washington College of Law, may apply for up to four credits earned in the academy toward their LL.M. degree if they register for academic credits. Those taking courses for Certificate of Attendance are not eligible for this benefit. If you are not currently registered as a student, and English is not your first language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in order to apply these credits to your LL.M. degree at WCL. A minimum TOEFL score of 580 (237 computer based) is required. The TOEFL requirement will be waived only if you have completed a higher degree program in an accredited U.S. institution. Please contact the academy, if you are interested in this opportunity. Program Procedure and Registration Information Calendar Registration February 1 - May 13, 2002 Classes Begin May 28, 2002 Classes End June 14, 2002 Exams for candidates applying for Academic Credit June 17 & 18, 2002 Exams for candidates for the Human Rights Award June 13 & 14, 2002 APPLICANTS FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT (for English courses only) Registration: Students may take no more than seven credit hours. If you wish to accelerate graduation by enrolling for summer courses, you must consult and have permission from your hom e institution. A letter of good standing and permission to enroll at American University Washin gton College of Law must accompany your application. Please use the appropriate application form (download it from http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy )to receive academic credit. Mail the application form to the Registrar's Office at: American University Washington College of Law Registrar's Office 4801 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Suite 304 Washington, D.C. 20016-8125 USA Tel: 202-274-4080 TUITION & FEES The following tuition and charges are applicable for summer 2002: Tuition per credit $965 Student activity fee $23 (one-time fee) Note that tuition and fees do not include other expenses such as books or reading materials. APPLICANTS FOR A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE Registration: Students may register for any number of courses. However, given the intensity of the workload, it is highly advisable that they take no more than three courses. Please use the appropriate application form (download it from http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy )to receive a Certificate of Attendance. TUITION The following fees are applicable for summer 2002: One (1) course $1,050 Two (2) courses $1,700 Three (3) courses $2,200 Non-refundable application fee of $55. Note that tuition and fees include books or reading materials. CERTIFICATE Upon completion of the program, a Certificate of Attendance will be presented to students who do not wish to take courses for academic credit. Students taking courses for a certificate are not required to take final exams. GENERAL INFORMATION Language of Instruction: The Academy offers courses in English and Spanish. However, not all the courses offered in English are simultaneously offered in Spanish. Students must have a good command of the language of instruction to take full advantage of the program. Visa: Participants are responsible for obtaining any visas that might be necessary to attend the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Washington, DC during the 2002 Session. Participants should contact the appropriate consulate well in advance as visa issuance may take some time. Responsibility & Insurance: The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and its sponsors and organizers do not provide any health insurance to visiting students. It is strongly recommended that every visiting student obtain heath insurance prior to departure from home. SUMMER HOUSING If you would like to stay in American University residence halls, please download an application form from the academy's Web site and mail it directly to Residential Life & Housing Services, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20016-8142; tel. (202) 885-3370 or email email@example.com. Please send a COPY of this application to the academy. If you cannot download the form, please contact the academy and we will fax or mail it to you. Download Academy Housing Form from: http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy/english/services.htm Availability of short-term summer housing on-campus and in Washington, D.C. is EXTREMELY limited. If you plan to enroll in our summer session, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements as early as possible. The academy does not guarantee housing for our visiting students and it is not responsible for any problems related to housing. The on-campus housing agreement is strictly between the participant and the American University Residential Life & Housing Services. Summer Housing Deadline: March 15, 2002 For alternative housing resources in D.C., please visit the International Student Services resources at: http://www.american.edu/other.depts/iss/Newstudents/Pre-Arrival/housinfo.html PROGRAM CHANGES AND WITHDRAWALS Applicants who have registered or paid a deposit will be informed promptly of any change in the academy's course offerings and, in the unlikely event of a course cancellation, will receive a full refund for the course (excluding the application fee of $55 which is non-refundable). Applicants who have registered or paid a deposit should notify us immediately in case of withdrawal to receive a full refund (excluding the application fee of $55 which is non-refundable). Students who have registered to receive academic credit must complete the appropriate forms, available in the Office of the Registrar, to withdraw officially, and requests for refunds should be directed to the American University Office of Student Accounts. The address is as follows: American University Student Accounts Asbury Building, 3rd Floor 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20016-8073 USA Tel: 202-885-3541 For withdrawals during or before the first week of classes, students will receive a refund of 100 percent less $55. Students who do not officially withdraw during this cancellation period will be responsible for payment of the full amount of the applicable tuition and fees. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Co-Directors Claudia Martin and Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Program Coordinator Fabiana Arciniegas Academy for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 615 Washington, D.C. 20016-8181 Tel: 202-274-4070 Fax: 202-274-4198 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit us at: http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. 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