21 April 2015

Academy of European Law (ERA), Brussels
Conference on European Data Protection Law: Recent Developments
11 - 12 May 2015

Deadline for application: 10% discount until 24 April 2015 

The Academy of European Law (ERA) is a non-profit public foundation that provides training in European law to legal practitioners. Its patrons include most EU member states and it is supported by the EU. ERA organises conferences and seminars around Europe, offers an online training programme which includes a broad range of courses and e-presentations and publishes a legal journal ERA Forum.

The conference will provide practitioners with a comprehensive update on recent developments in European data protection law. It will give you the opportunity to engage with top legal experts on the most pressing issues regarding personal data processing. 

20 April 2015

Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights:
'Belonging - Exploring the intersection between the arts and human rights'
9 - 11 July 2015

The first Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights will take place from 9 - 11 July 2015 at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Co-directed by Prof. Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Dominique Bouchard, Curator at the Hunt Museum, it will bring together arts practitioners with human rights activists and scholars to explore their shared space. Events will take the form of panel discussions, exhibitions and performances.

The global theme for 2015 will be 'Belonging'.  The Summer School will consist of keynote addresses, plenary discussions, and themed discussions on three parallel tracks – literature and human rights; the visual arts and human rights; and music and human rights. The opening speaker will be the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Cultural Rights, Farida Shaheed.

For further information, visit the Arts and Human Rights Summer School website.

17 April 2015

UNHCR Regional Representation for Western Europe's Protection Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg, Brussels
2 Internships
Deadline for application: 10 May 2015

The UNHCR Regional Representation for Western Europe's Protection Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg seeks:
• a native Dutch-speaking legal intern with a start date of 3 July 2015 in Brussels
• a native French-speaking legal intern with a start date of 29 July 2015 in Brussels

for a six-month unpaid internship.

16 April 2015

European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)
Training seminar 'Dublin III, two years on. Asylum seekers and refugees in the EU and beyond'

19 - 21 June 2015, EIUC Human Rights Village, Venice Lido

Deadline for application: 21 May 2015 (early bird registration: 25 April 2015)

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) organises an innovative training seminar focusing on 'Dublin III, two years on. Asylum seekers and refugees in the EU and beyond'.
The training seminar aims at providing participants with tools for better understanding and use of the Dublin III regulation and of the other relevant international and European legal instruments governing this highly sensitive policy area.

14 April 2015

Human Rights Integration network
International Conference 'The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective' - Call for papers

9 - 11 December 2015, Ghent

Deadline for submission: 15 May 2015 

The Human Rights Integration network will organize an international conference to explore the foundations and implications of human rights fragmentation and integration. 

Interested participants are invited to submit their paper by 15 May 2015.

VU University, Amsterdam
LL.M. in International Migration and Refugee Law

Deadline for application: 1 June 2015

International migration is one of the most important social issues of our time. People move across border for work, studies, love, as well as in order to flee poverty, persecution and violence. We will address international migration from the perspective of international and European law, and focus on the way these legal orders function in domestic legal orders. The interplay between international, European and domestic law is a specific focus of the track.

The LL.M. programme 'International Migration and Refugee Law'
at the VU University Amsterdam deals with:
• When are migrants entitled to asylum?
• Under which circumstances do families have the right to reside in a country of their preference?
• What is the role of the European Union in managing migration within the EU as well as towards Europe?
• Can undocumented migrants claim social rights?

The programme is in English, starts on 1 September 2015 and lasts one year (full-time).

All information can be found here.

03 April 2015

University of Bergen (UiB), Norway
Two PhD Fellowships in interdisciplinary Gender Research
Deadline for application: 20 April 2015

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14.000 students and close to 3500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

The Centre for Women's and Gender Research (SKOK) has a vacancy for two four-year PhD fellowships in interdisciplinary gender research

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Livorno (Italy)
Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)
4 - 8 May 2015
Deadline for application: 13 April 2015

Hostile environment awareness plays an important role in the effectiveness and impact of crisis management missions; it is also a chief responsibility that each seconding or contracting actor has vis-à-vis its deployed personnel ('duty of care'), so as to further address the issue of their protection while operating in high risk operational theatres.

Hostile environment awareness is essential to coping with internal and external security threats on the ground and is conducive to: a) enhancing the resilience of personnel when working in hazardous environments; b) increasing the understanding of proactive security and of basic field measures; c) providing personnel with the basic tools and techniques needed to avoid potentially dangerous situations or to cope adequately with actual endangering ones in the field.

This Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) has been designed and developed jointly by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the Carabinieri Corps General Headquarters, precisely with the aim to address such needs.

02 April 2015

Sutyajnik, Yekaterinburg (Russia)
5th Ural Human Rights School on 'Problems of the penitentiary system reforms in Russia, European countries and the United States'
13 - 18 April 2015
Deadline for application: 30 March 2015

Sutyajnik is a non-governmental human rights organization founded in Yekaterinburg, Russia in 1994. Sutyajnik is a human rights resource center that helps 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 organizes its 5th Ural International Human Rights School in Yekaterinburg from 13 - 18 April 2015 as a set of events including a conference, seminars, master classes, work in small groups and a model court.

If you or your organisation are involved in the reform of the penitentiary system, teach law, advocate incarcerated persons, take part in the public monitoring of places of detention – this event is for you. 

26 March 2015

Poznań Human Rights Center and Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland)
Summer Course on International Protection of Human Rights - Resolution of Conflicts Concerning Minorities
31 August - 9 September 2015
Deadline for application: 31 May 2015 

Poznań Human Rights Center and Adam Mickiewicz University are pleased to announce the 24th edition of the Summer Course on International Protection of Human Rights. This Summer Course has been organized since 1992. Meanwhile, it has become one of the most recognized human rights short-term courses held in Central and Eastern Europe. Up to present, the Course has educated more than 500 graduates acting actively in the domain of human rights.

The main purpose of the Course is to educate people in human rights at the academic level and help them to develop skills to act in the human rights field.

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.

25 March 2015

Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University
Summer Courses 2015 

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies is a centre of Leiden University dedicated to research, teaching, and training in public international law. The Centre has activities that take place in Leiden as well as in The Hague. In The Hague, where the centre forms part of the Campus Den Haag, the Centre is in close proximity to important international legal institutions.

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies has been organizing unique and high-level summer courses for graduate students and young professionals since 2003. This Summer, the Centre if offering 7 courses.
Human Rights Watch, Brussels office
Internship in the International Justice Program, Fall 2015

Deadline for application: 31 March 2015

The International Justice (IJ) Program of Human Rights Watch (HRW) advises and operationalizes HRW’s activities on a range of issues relating to accountability in international criminal fora, devises strategies to obtain justice, and produces written materials to implement those strategies.

The IJ Program intern will primarily focus on monitoring international criminal law developments in targeted country situations and carrying out research on issues of international justice. Ideally, the intern would start mid-September and commit a minimum of three months, although six months is preferable.

24 March 2015

Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway
10th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA)
18 - 27 June 2015

Deadline for application: 6 April 2015

Cinema and Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) is a training initiative offered by the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, part of the National University of Ireland, Galway and supported by the Open Society Foundations. This Summer School programme has for the last 9 years attracted young talented film makers and professionals from across the world who wish to engage in an exciting training course where ideas and projects are shared, developed and challenged by fellow participants and internationally acclaimed experts of film, television, photography and human rights.

The Summer School is led by Nick Danziger an internationally renowned practitioner in the field of human rights documentary making. The 10-day programme consists of eight teaching sessions, workshops and film screenings that combine human rights expertise and media studies. Sessions develop issues relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, Producing Social Documentaries, the Role of Media in Period of Conflict and Production and Distribution of Human Rights Films. Each module is illustrated by film or documentary screenings.

Elements of the summer school include information on the fundamentals of human rights, how to raise awareness of human rights on camera, developing a project proposal and how these ideas should be pitched.

For detailed information, please visit the CHRA website.

23 March 2015

Viadrina European University, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
Summer Course 'The European System of Human Rights Protection'
6 - 19 September 2015

Deadline for application: 31 May 2015 

This Summer Course will deal in detail specifically and exclusively with the European System for the protection of human rights. Although there are numerous summer courses and other special study programmes within Europe on human rights protection, this course concentrates on an integrated treatment of the various European systems and of specific European issues of human rights protection, that is, with important matters relevant to over forty European countries with diverse political, economic and social systems. The subject matter, therefore, includes human rights protection under the regimes of the Council of Europe (the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charter), the European Community, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (Helsinki Accords), as well as that on the universal level of public international. The treatment of the substantive regimes and their specific rights catalogues will be set against the background of the philosophical, historical, political, economic and sociological aspects of human rights, and include practical institutional matters such as complaint procedures as well as developments such as in the area of ‘New Rights’.
European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), Venice (Italy)
Training for International Electoral Observers
13 - 18 April 2015
Deadline for registration: 5 April 2015

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.