05 April 2013

Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Advanced Course on the International Protection of Human Rights

19 - 30 August 2013, in Turku / Åbo, Finland
Deadline for application: 9 April 2013

Aim and content
The course aims at providing a profound insight into, and analysis of, the system of international (universal and regional) human rights protection in the light of contemporary problems and relevant case law. The course is composed of lectures, case studies in working-groups, seminars and an optional, academic essay.
Tentative programme
Introductory lecture (3 hrs)
Elina Pirjatanniemi, Dr.iur., Professor, Director of the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University

The Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights (9 hrs)
Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, JD, LL.M., S.J.D., Professorial Lecturer in Residence, Co-Director, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law, American University

The African System for the Protection of Human Rights (9 hrs)
Frans Viljoen, LL.D., Professor, Director of the Centre for Hu­man Rights, University of Pretoria

Accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights (3 hrs)
Allan Rosas, Dr.iur., Judge, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg

The European Convention on Human Rights: and its European Court of Human Rights: procedure, turmoil and future prospects (12 hrs)
Janneke Gerards, Dr., Professor of Fundamental Rights Law Radboud University of Nijmegen, Faculty of Law

United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies and Charter based Procedures (9 hrs)
Sir Nigel Rodley, PhD, Professor of Law and Chair of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, Member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

Human Rights and the Environment (3 hrs)
Elina Pirjatanniemi, Dr.iur., Professor, Director of the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University.

Essay seminars, working group exercises and equivalent (ca 15 hrs)

Participants, who have successfully completed the course, including the essay, will be awarded a Diploma equivalent to 10 ECTS. Without an essay, the participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance equivalent to 5 ECTS.

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 30. Admittance presupposes, as a general rule, a law degree (or equivalent) and a good knowledge of human rights law. Practical experience in the field of human rights, publications and previous participation in special human rights courses are considered a merit.

The course fee, which includes accommodation (dormitory standard), course materials and two receptions, is EUR 1.700. The fee is EUR 1.400 for those who make their own housing arrangements. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Applicants should complete the application form and return it to Ms Rebecca Karlsson (e-mail:

All information, including the application form and how to apply for a scholarship, can be found at https://www.abo.fi/institution/en/Content/Document/document/28711.

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