25 August 2016

Institut International des Droits de l'Homme - Strasbourg, Higher School of Economics - Moscow and School of Political Science - University of Bologna
Winter School - Human Rights as a Horizontal Issue in EU External Policy
9 - 13 January 2017, University of Bologna (Italy)
Deadline for registration: 2 December 2016 

The Winter School will be focused on the EU’s external policy and its role in the promotion and respect of human rights worldwide through specific sessions: 
• The EU External Action and Human Rights
• The EU and the UN; The EU and the CoE
• 'Developing' Human Rights-based Relations
• Priorities in a Human Rights External Strategy. 

The programme and the application form are available here.

24 August 2016

Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya
Online course 'Introduction to international protection of human rights'
3 - 31 October 2016

The online course 'Introduction to international protection of human rights' organized by the Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya (IDHC) will examine the process of internationalization of human rights at the universal level, from an essentially normative perspective. It will discuss the foundations and evolution of human rights and study the main international human rights protection instruments, with a specific focus on the United Nations and European systems. The existence of these instruments and mechanisms is often unknown by citizens and they are underutilised in the guarantee and protection of human rights. This course aims to increase students’ skills and knowledge in order for them to be used within their fields of work.
The course is offered in English. The number of places is limited to 30. The course fee is € 150.

From 2 November - 2 December 2016, IDHC organizes another online course on the subject of 'The European Court of Human Rights: functioning, procedure for applying to the Court and its case-law'. If you enroll in both courses, you will benefit from a 20% discount on the total cost of the two courses.

31 July 2016


Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal

The Journal
The Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal (IAEHRJ) aims to offer an international platform for research in the field of human rights of relevance for (Latin) America, Europe and Africa. Situated on the crossroads between the continents, the Journal is well-placed to be a venue of critical analysis from scholars and practitioners in the field of human rights.
Established in 2007, the IAEHRJ has been internationally growing as a reputable reference within the academic world and outside, distinguishing itself for its quality and interdisciplinary character that has attracted the interest of authors from all over the globe.

The Theme
For its 2017/1 Issue the IAEHRJ proposes the theme of Migration and Human Rights.

More than two hundred million people currently live outside their country of origin. Migration flows comprise workers, asylum seekers, students, undocumented migrants and others. In a globalised world defined by deep disparities, skill shortages, demographic imbalances, climate change as well as economic and political crises, natural and man-made disasters, migration has been affecting every society and every region of the world. Migration is therefore a human phenomenon inherent in the international community, and as such, it requires a human rights approach which situates the migrant at the centre of migration management. The universality of human rights is in fact challenged in the context of migration: asylum seekers may be deprived of access to refugee status and consequent secondary rights, migrants may not enjoy the same rights as nationals, and undocumented migrants may be deprived of access to even basic human rights. International human rights law systems are thus called on to assure that any person has access to fundamental rights. A human rights based approach to migration is required to analyse inequalities which lie at the heart of migration problems and redress discriminatory practices and unjust distributions of power that impede respect of migrants. This promotes empowering migrants to participate in policy formulation and hold accountable those who have a duty to act.

The Topics
Against this thematic background, the IAEHRJ Editorial Board invites papers that contribute to the ongoing debate on the correlation between migration and human rights. Topics that papers may wish to address include:

Topic 1 - Health and Migration:
The health of migrants and health matters associated with migration are crucial public challenges faced by governments and societies. It is expected that contributions on this topic unravel issues including the interpretation and enforcement of the right to health of migrants and their access to healthcare, including also the underlying determinants of health.

Topic 2 - Migration and Development:
Migration and development are interdependent processes. Migration in the development context relates both to people who have chosen to move of their own accord, and forced migrants. It is expected that contributions on this topic explore issues including socio-economic and cultural rights of migrants, inclusion/integration of migrants in host societies and their contribution to economic, social and cultural development of societies in the country of origin.

Topic 3 - Migration and Vulnerability:
In M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece (2011) the European Court of Human Rights stressed that asylum seekers are a special vulnerable group. Indeed migrants in general can find themselves in a situation of vulnerability due to different factors: rejection of asylum application; expirations of residence permit, lack of an effective remedy, detention, forced returns. It is expected that contributions on this topic disclose to what extent and how vulnerability is recognized in the context of migration and to look at the consequences of this vulnerability and possible remedies.

The Process
Abstracts of no more than 300 words, including a short biographical sketch of the author with e-mail address and affiliation, must be submitted in English or Spanish in PDF format to ugenthrc@yahoo.com by 31 August 2016.
Authors must state clearly in their abstract the research question(s) that they would like to address and indicate to which of the three proposed topics their abstracts relate. Please also mention Call for Issue 1/2017 in the e-mail subject. Outcomes of the selection will be notified to the authors by 15 September 2016.

The Outcome
Authors of selected abstracts will be required to send a full article that should not exceed 10.000 words in length, including footnotes, by 30 November 2016. All manuscripts must conform with the author guidelines of the Journal.                                       
Submissions must not be previously-published or submitted for publication elsewhere in order to be considered for inclusion in this volume.
Any questions?
Questions about this call can be directed to Clara Burbano Herrera, Editor in Chief, Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal at Clara.BurbanoHerrera@UGent.be or Salvo Nicolosi at Salvo.Nicolosi@UGent.be

29 June 2016

Privacy International (PI), London
Policy Officers

Deadline for application: 20 July 2016

Privacy International (PI) is looking for two new Policy Officers. One role will focus on the Global South, engaging with national, regional and international institutions; while the other will focus on the companies, regulators and countries that set standards internationally.

In its multi-year strategic plan, PI is pushing for surveillance reform, building a global movement with emphasis on work in the Global South, and challenging the exploitation of data. PI is looking for people to join its dynamic organisation to hold government and industry to account and demand meaningful protections and safeguards for people everywhere. PI urgently needs to develop and promote policies that are centred on empowering individuals, placing them in control over their data. Technology underpins much of our lives and we need to ensure it empowers people and does not betray them.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Legal intern - French speaker with German or Letzeburgish

Deadline for application: 4 July 2016

The Protection Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg of the Regional Representation for Western Europe seeks a native French-speaking intern with a start date of 19 September 2016 in Luxembourg for a six-month unpaid internship.

The intern should be a native French speaker, preferably with a Masters in Law, with an excellent command of written and spoken English. A knowledge of German and/or Luxembourgish will be considered an asset. Evidence of previous experience or a strong interest in refugee matters or human rights is appreciated.

31 May 2016

Dejustica & Global School on Socioeconomic Rights
Intensive Course on Social Rights 2016 – Latin-America in the Global Context Bogota - Colombia
24-28 October 2016

Deadline for application: 24 July 2016

This exciting course, organized by the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) and the Global School of Social Rights, offers advanced training in litigation, research, law and innovative strategies for implementing social rights. The training will be guided by academics and jurists who are recognized in Latin America and other regions, providing conceptual, doctrinal and socio-legal tools to understand and promote the implementation of social and economic rights nationally, regionally and globally. The course is part of the series of the Global School of Social Rights, which is held in different regions of the world. The course will be taught in Spanish and will include plenary sessions, discussions in small groups based on the interests of students, and a simulation exercise. It is aimed at graduate students, activists, litigants, academics, judges and public policy makers.

Registration fee
The registration fee is $800 USD per participant, which includes the cost of registration, course materials and coffee, a welcome dinner and a farewell event. Participants are responsible for any other expenses. Once your participation in the course has been con_rmed, registration fees must be paid by August 31, 2016. After this date, participants who have paid, but for some reason can no longer participate, can apply for a refund. All refund requests will be charged a $100 USD administrative handling fee.

There are 10 partial scholarships to cover the cost of tuition, travel, and or stay. Applicants who wish to be considered for these scholarships must submit a letter of recommendation and indicate the reasons for requiring financial assistance. Scholarships will be prioritized for applicants from Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia with experience in social activism and community work.

26 May 2016

University of Barcelona and Middlesex University
Summer Course 'The refugee crisis and the EU's response - Context management and challenges'
18 - 22 July 2016
Deadline for application: 15 July 2016

The Summer Course is a joint effort of the University of Barcelona and the Middlesex University and will take place in Barcelona. The course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the current refugee crisis , which will be examined from a range of disciplinary perspectives including law, sociology and political science.

Classes will be given by professors and professionals in the field of refugee, asylum and migration from different European universities and organizations and will be complemented by practical exercises, debates and research work. All classes will be in English. At the end of the course, participants will be asked to write a report and will receive a certificate of participation.

Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham
Summer School 2016 - The Rights of the Child
27 June-1 July 2016

Deadline for application: 1 June 2016

The objective of this exciting programme organised by the Human Rights Law Centre of the University of Nottingham is to consider issues concerning the rights of the child that are a matter of current legal, political and societal attention, both internationally and comparatively. These include violence against children, refugee children, child participation, child poverty, business and children's rights, and child rights monitoring and advocacy.

The Summer School will examine international and regional child rights law, including the work of the international courts and treaty monitoring bodies mandated to consider violations of the rights of the child.

The Summer School is strongly participatory. The training methods include Q and A and group exercises. The working language for the Summer School is English. All participants will receive an extensive electronic file of resource materials. The Summer School faculty for 2016 are all highly experienced international experts on child rights, with backgrounds in advocacy, research and practice.
Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya (IDHC)
Introduction to International Protection of Human Rights
1 June - 12 June 2016 and 13 - 24 June 2016 

Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya (IDHC) has developed the course 'Introduction to International Protection of Human Rights'. It is a virtual course taught in English about the internationalization of human rights and the main systems of protection at the international level.

10 May 2016

L'Université de Strasbourg
Ecole d'été 'Le secret'
29 août - 2 septembre 2016
Appel à candidatures jusqu'au 15 juin 2016

La Faculté de droit, la Fédération de Recherche L’Europe en mutation et l’Ecole doctorale 101 de l’Université de Strasbourg organisent du 29 août au 2 septembre 2016 une école d’été sur le thème 'Le secret'.

Alors que le secret apparaît protecteur dans la sphère privée, il est contesté dans la sphère publique. La transparence est aujourd’hui considérée comme une vertu cardinale des sociétés démocratiques, y compris dans le domaine du droit dans lequel apparaissent des exigences relatives à l’obligation de transparence opposées aux autorités publiques. Le secret est de plus en plus souvent traité comme une dissimulation néfaste ou suspecte, quand bien même il pourrait être légitime et nécessaire à la protection d’intérêts fondamentaux.

27 April 2016

Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway
International Criminal Court Summer School
27 June - 1 July 2016

Deadline for registration: 10 June 2016

The International Criminal Court is arguably the most important international institution since the establishment of the United Nations. The aim of the International Criminal Court is to combat impunity for atrocities and it is at the forefront of a broader movement for achieving accountability.

The ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway is the premier summer school on the International Criminal Court. The summer school takes place over five days and includes intensive lectures by leading specialists on the subject as well as social activities. This interactive and stimulating course is suited to postgraduate students, legal professionals, scholars and NGO workers. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures and operations, and the applicable law. Lectures also speak to related issues in international criminal law, including: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, the crime of aggression, jurisdiction, fair trial rights, and the rules of procedure and evidence.

This year’s ICC Summer School will include a special session on victims at the International Criminal Court.

Please note that a limited number of scholarships are available. More information can be found on our General Information page.
Poznań Human Rights Center and Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
Summer Course 'Refugees and Migrants in International Human Rights Law'
22 - 31 August 2016

Deadline for application: 31 May 2016 

Poznań Human Rights Center and Adam Mickiewicz University are pleased to announce the 25th edition of the Summer Course that will take place in Poznań on 22-31 August 2016. The programme focuses on legal aspects of the situation of refugees and migrants – a problem of growing importance in both Europe and worldwide. It has both an academic profile and aims to develop practical skills.

The Course is dedicated to activists in the field of human rights, NGO workers and volunteers, lawyers, researchers and advanced students from all over the world.
More information information can be found on the Poznań Human Rights Center website.

26 April 2016

Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
PhD Studentship on Health and Human Rights

Deadline for application: 31 May 2016 

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, is seeking applications for a PhD studentship to undertake research concerned with health and human rights. This studentship includes research into:
• The degree to which interventions such as e-health and m-health can contribute to the practical delivery of health rights;
• Whether or not big data, including Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, can help accountability bodies, such as UN human rights treaty-bodies and national human rights institutions, hold duty-bearers to account in relation to health rights;
• An examination of the evidence, including big data, that human rights contribute to health gains.

The studentship will be under the supervision of Professor Paul Hunt and Dr Linsey McGoey. Professor Sonia Bhalotra will also provide guidance and support. The successful candidate will work with their supervisors and the Work Stream Team to develop their precise PhD project. Funding packages are available, subject to eligibility.

More information about the studentship can be found on the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project website. 

20 April 2016

Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Turku/Åbo, Finland
Advanced Course on Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Theory and Practice
21 - 25 November 2016
Deadline for application: 14 August 2016

The Institute for Human Rights of the Åbo Akademi University organises the Advanced Course on Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in cooperation with the Socio-Economic Rights and Administrative Justice Project, University of Stellenbosch Law Faculty, South Africa, and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo. The course is part of the programme of the Global School on Socio-economic Rights.
This one-week intensive course offers participants an opportunity to develop specialist-level knowledge in the field of economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights), with a particular focus on justiciability at the national, regional and international level. It draws on a wealth of material from across the world in order to analyse existing institutionalised practices of interpretation and implementation of ESC rights, and focuses on theoretical questions and practical issues, such as effective strategies and the impact of adjudication. The course is conducted in English, and is composed of lectures, seminars, group discussions and assignments, participant case analyses and an optional written examination.
Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism, McGill University (Canada)
Arnold & Blema Steinberg Postdoctoral Fellowships in International Migration Law and Policy
Deadline for application: 30 April 2016

The McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism is a focal point for innovative legal and interdisciplinary research, dialogue, and outreach on human rights and legal pluralism. The Centre's mission is to provide students, professors and the larger community with a locus of intellectual and physical resources for engaging critically with how law impacts upon some of the most compelling social problems of our modern era. The Centre is delighted to be able to offer two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. The vision and generosity of the Steinberg Foundation is at the heart of this new and exciting opportunity. 

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will be funded by the Arnold and Blema Steinberg Foundation and the appointment(s) shall be for an initial duration of one year with a possibility of renewal for one more year.