28 August 2014

Centre for the Study of Human Rights, The London School of Economics and Political Science
Short course on International Human Rights Law and Practice
6 October - 8 December 2014 (Ten Monday evening classes)
Deadline to apply for a subsidised place: 4 September 2014

In today's legal, policy and business worlds, international human rights law affects the way all of us work, either explicitly or implicitly. A knowledge of international human rights standards is increasingly required. Therefore those involved in the legal professions - whether as barristers, solicitors, employed lawyers or judges - and those involved in government, public policy and business, need to have a solid understanding of the breadth and depth of human rights principles. So too do increasing numbers of those involved in NGOs and in civil society work generally.

International human rights law is a subject that barely featured on university curricula just a few years ago, and it remains hard to find guidance on the subject that is easily accessible, clear, authoritative and up-to-date. The short course on International Human Rights Law and Practice will provide an indispensable guide to this burgeoning field of law. A certificate of attendance from the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE will be awarded to those who have successfully completed the course.

27 August 2014

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa (Italy)
Master in Electoral Policy & Administration
Deadline for application: 15 September 2014

Voters around the world expect electoral administrators to possess the management skills to undertake a complex civilian operation, the political savvy to relate to parties and candidates, and, above all, a strong sense of ethics and integrity to conduct a fair process. The Master in Electoral Policy and Administration (MEPA) is intended to make a global contribution to such professionalization implementing, as a first pilot project, the Model Curriculum designed by International IDEA. In March 2013, International IDEA invited a group of distinguished experts from different world regions to discuss curriculum development for an electoral master programme. The initiative propelled the development of the International IDEA Model Curriculum for MEPA.

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna is the first institution to pilot this Model Curriculum. Its relies on the concept of the electoral cycle and is composed of 18 main topics.

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.