Human Rights School for Future Decision Makers (Dubrovnik, 23 May-6 June 2003)

Human Rights School for Future Decision Makers
Dubrovnik, Croatia
May 23 - June 6, 2003


Language of instruction:  English

Project Coordinator:
Maja Hasanbasic Crnogorac
Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
Ilica 15
10000 Zagreb
Tel: +385 1 4812 322
Fax: +385 1 4812 324

Contact persons within the region:

Vladimir Nika
Albanian Center for Human Rights
Rruga "Kont Urani" No.10
Tirana - Albania
Tel: +355 4 230 630
Fax: +355 4 239 121

Aida Mehicevic
Human Rights Center, University of Sarajevo
Zmaja od Bosne 8 street,  71 000 Sarajevo
Tel/Fax: + 387 33 266 580/ 266 581

Maja Hasanbasic Crnogorac
Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
Ilica 15/III, 10 000 Zagreb
Tel: 01 48 12 322
Fax: 01 48 12 324

Zinaide Kuci
Council for the Defence of Human Rights and Freedoms
Ylfete Humolli 5, Prishtina, Kosova
Tel/ Fax: +381 38 249 006, 244 029

Kalinka Gaber
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
Dame Gruev 8/5, P.O.Box 58, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Tel/Fax: + 389 2 119 073, 290 469

Linda Bexheti
Association for Democratic Initiatives
Tel: + 389 42 22 11 00
Fax: + 389 42 22 1102

Siniba Bjekovic
Human Rights Center, University of Montenegro
Ul. 13. jula 2, 81 000 Podgorica
Tel: + 381 67 613 643
E-mail: sinisab@cg.yu


Beba Djuraskovic
Belgrade Center for Human Rights
Mlatisumina 26 / I, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Tel/Fax: 011 308 5328 / 432 572


Courses will be held in Dubrovnik, in the Hotel "Lero" and internet
workshops in the Inter-University Center, from May 23 to June 6, 2003.


At the dawn of the XXI century, the countries of the south-eastern Europe
have all faced the challenge of strengthening democracy and creating a
system based on the rule of law and the respect of human rights and
freedoms. The successful shaping of such a system may only be attained
through continuous reform and improvement in the quality of democratic
institutions. It will be the task of the young generation, mostly educated
during the previous years of wars, constant crisis and outrageous
mismanagement, to overcome the lack of the democratic identity in their
states' judiciary, administration, law enforcement bodies, but also to
change the public perception of the individual and collective rights and

The enhancement of the rule of law and creation of a human-rights-friendly
environment among the prospective decision-makers in the region is a
crucial step towards democratisation and European integration. The Balkan
Human Rights Network has committed itself to contributing to the
realisation of these goals. BHRN strongly believes that young, educated
and successful individuals would be the key players in entrenching the
culture of human rights into Southeast European countries' legal systems
and practice. The School of Human Rights for Future Decision-Makers aims
to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills in the
fields of human rights and the rule of law. It is essential for proper
human rights education to focus not only on constitutional and legislative
issues, but to enable the participants of the School to gain an insight
into the political and theoretical aspects as well as the culture of human
rights. Besides, suggestions will be made for the practical steps that may
be taken by the governments, political parties, NGOs and professional
associations in the region, in order to improve the human rights

Along with international procedures for the protection of human rights,
special emphasis will be given to the jurisprudence of the European Court
for Human Rights and decisions of the United Nations treaty bodies. Apart
from the specific rights and freedoms, particular attention will be given
to other substantial issues, such as discrimination, religion, overcoming
the past. The emphasis will also be on the comparative analysis of the
human rights jurisprudence and practice in the countries of the Balkans.

In addition, three-day intensive Internet workshop will be held as the
extension of the regular School's programme. Information Technology
Specialist has designed the workshop and will be in charge for its
implementation. The purpose of this workshop will be to provide students
with the knowledge and skills to use the Internet to accomplish individual
and organisational objectives, to utilise the results of computer-assisted
research in human rights field and to develop and use skills to locate,
analyse, evaluate, synthesise and design resources and services on the
Internet related to human rights.


*      Introduction to the Idea of Human Rights and Human Rights Law
*      International Organisations and Procedures for the Protection of 
Human Rights
*      Comparative overview of legislation, jurisprudence and practice
in the region
*      Discrimination / Endangered groups
*      Individual Rights
*      Culture of Human Rights
*      Media and Human Rights
*      Overcoming the Past and Looking Forward to the Future - Issues
for the XXI century
*         Internet workshops, case studies and role-plays.


Photocopies of relevant international human rights instruments, articles
and reports of various human rights, both national and international,
non-governmental and governmental organisations dealing with wide range of
topics concerning the human rights issues.

Publications related to human rights, and photocopies of articles and
documents available in Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian or English.


Successful postgraduate or final year students of law, international
relations, political science, economics, or young parliamentarians,
government officials or officials of political parties, as well as young
persons involved in the work of NGOs are encouraged to submit their
applications for the Human Rights School. Eligible candidates must be the
persons coming from: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia,
Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

The number of participants is limited to 30. The age limit is 30 years.

The successful candidates will be selected on a competitive basis. Since
the language of the School is English, applicants should demonstrate
strong command of English and be able to follow lectures and participate
actively in discussions.

The Balkan Human Rights Network will ensure the equal gender and
geographical distribution of the selected participants.

The deadline for application is March 23, 2003.

APPLICATION FORMS can be obtained from the contact persons within the 
region listed at the beginning of this message.


1.      Fulfilled application form  + scanned photo
2.      CV in English
3.      2 Recommendations
4.      Certificate(s) of proficiency in English

Distribution of participants within the Balkan region:
Albania -                               4 participants
Bosnia and Herzegovina -    4 participants
Bulgaria -                              1 participant
Croatia -                                4 participants
Kosovo -                               3 participants
Macedonia -                          4 participants
Montenegro -                        3 participants
Serbia -                                  4 participants

3 optional places will be reserved for the best candidates according to the 
application requirements.


Balkan Human Rights Network will cover housing, transportation, meals
and visa costs.

APPLICATION FORMS can be obtained from the contact persons within the 
region listed at the beginning of this message.


Secretariat of the Balkan Human Rights Network
Zmaja od Bosne 8 (KMT)
71 000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
tel: + 387 33 266 580
fax: + 387 33 266 581

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