12 August 2014

European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)
Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers

Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice Lido (Italy)
Module I: 17-19 November 2014
Module II: 20-22 November 2014
Deadlines for application: 15 september 2014 (Module I) and 15 October 2014 (Module II)

Open and legitimate elections are the indispensable foundation for sustainable development and an effective democracy and actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a major role in sustaining peace, security and conflict prevention. Support takes the form of electoral assistance projects and election observation missions. This requires skilled and trained observers.

The aim of the EIUC Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers is to introduce civilian staff to the profession of election observers and to deliver a complete theoretical and practical basic course to those willing to consider election observation as a possible professional step in their career.

The training seminars for International Electoral Observers have been granted the patronage of the Italian, the Spanish and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

07 August 2014

Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London
New distance-learning Masters' Programme in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies
Deadline for application: 1 September 2014
The Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London is excited to announce its new distance learning MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies.
Ural Summer School of Human Rights, Ekaterinburg
Strategic litigation: Experience of lawyers from US, Europe, Russia
16 - 20 September 2014

Sutyajnik is a non-governmental human rights organization founded in Yekaterinburg, Russia in 1994 to help citizens and organizations realize rights guaranteed in the Russian Constitution and international treaties by litigating public interest cases, educating in human rights, and informing the public about the mechanisms for human rights protection. One of Sutyajnik’s principal goals is to defend human rights by working to bring domestic legislation and practice into conformity with international and constitutional standards. Sutyajnik is organizing weeklong training on building and managing strategic litigation campaigns.

04 August 2014

Transitional Justice Network Summer School, University of Essex
Settling accounts: The role of businesses in conflict and post conflict societies
18 - 21 September 2014

Building on the strong expertise at Essex on transitional justice and corporate accountability, the Essex Transitional Justice Network, together with the Essex Business and Human Rights Project (EBHR), will be running its III Transitional Justice Summer School. The theme of this year’s Summer School will be 'Settling accounts: The role of businesses in conflict and post conflict societies'.

The summer school will consider the role of businesses in societies emerging from conflict and authoritarian rule, including different issues of corporate accountability that might arise in these contexts and mechanisms to address it. Experts in both corporate accountability and transitional justice will discuss specific topics such as project lending; debt and financial complicity, as well as litigation and advocacy strategies in relation to transitional justice.

Further details of the ETJN Summer School, including information on speakers (their short bios), a provisional programme and instructions on how to register are on the
Transitional Justice Network website.
Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham
Human Rights Courses

The Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham offers human rights short courses for graduate students, government officials, lawyers, human rights field workers, NGO and IGO personnel and others with an interest in human rights at an international or national level, and gives a full overview of international human rights standards in practice, around the world.

The Centre offers:
•  a one term course twice a year (25 September to 5 December 2014 and 8 January to 20 March 2015) which provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of UN and regional human rights systems by faculty and visiting lecturers who have experience of the systems in practice. 

• a two term course beginning in September/October in which the second term is spent in a human rights internship in an IGO or an NGO. 

Further details can be found here.

• online distance learning courses. There are nine modules to choose from, including UN Human Rights System, International Criminal Justice and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as well as the Rights of the Child and Women’s Rights which are new modules available from September 2014. Each module lasts eight weeks.
Further details can be found here.

01 July 2014

Master of Advanced Studies in Children's Rights, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Call for applications for the 2015-2016 postgraduate programme in Children’s Rights

Deadline for application: 30 September 2014

The Master of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights (MCR) is a part-time two-year postgraduate programme in children's rights, that, from 2015 unwards, will be organised by the University of Geneva, in continuation of the MCR Programme which had been organized between 2003 and 2014 by the University Institute Kurt Bösch (IUKB) and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Migration Summer School 2014, University of Barcelona, Spain
International Migration Management: from theory to practice
2 - 12 September 2014
Deadline for application: 30 August 2014

The Summer School is a joint effort of the University of Barcelona and the Public Law Institute. The aim of the Summer School is to provide participants with knowledge of the current developments in the field of international migration. Migration will be examined by different disciplines including law, sociology and political sciences. The classes will be conducted by professors and professionals in the field of migration from different European Universities and organizations and they will be accompanied by practical exercises, debates and research work. The classes will be given in English. At the end of the Summer School, participants will be requested to write a memo and they will be rewarded with a certificate of participation.