Summer School 2015 - 'Human Rights in Practice: Working in the Field'
29 June 2015 - 3 July 2015
Deadline for application: 1 April 2015
Are you interested in working in the international field of human rights? This week-long course will introduce advanced undergraduate students to what it means to work in organisations, institutions, networks and movements that defend and promote human rights. Students will interact with guest lecturers from NGOs, the UN and other inter-governmental agencies, law firms, and national human rights institutions. They will study areas such as human rights monitoring, advocacy and campaigning, grassroots organizing, humanitarian law and transitional justice. The course will culminate in a visit to The Hague to visit the International Criminal Court and other international criminal justice institutions.This course will present practices in the international field of human rights and introduce advanced undergraduate students in law, political science and social sciences to what it means to work in organisations, institutions, networks and movements that defend and promote human rights. Course lecturers will be practitioners working for NGOs, the UN and other inter-governmental agencies with a human rights mandate, law firms, and national human rights institutions. The course will include modules on a range of topics that are representative of the human rights field, including:
• Human rights monitoring
• Advocacy & campaigning, through video and other multi-media/social media etc.
• Grassroots organizing
• Regional courts (e.g. European Court of Human Rights)
• International courts (International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice)
• UN institutions
• Humanitarian law
• Human rights research
• Transitional justice
The course is aimed towards advanced undergraduate students in law, political science and social sciences interested in pursuing a career in human rights. It is advantageous to have some knowledge of human rights and international law.
After completing this course students should have a better understanding of:
• What constitutes human rights
• How human rights are defended, promoted and realized
• Which institutions, networks and movements are involved in defending and promoting human rights
• Opportunities to get engaged in human rights work
This week-long course consists of 30 contact hours (6 course hours per day). Additionally, students will be encouraged to participate in evening film screenings and following discussions. The first four days will be classroom-based and will include lectures from guest speakers in addition to interactive elements. On the final day, participants will travel to The Hague to visit the International Criminal Court and other international criminal justice institutions.
• € 870: Course + course materials + housing
• € 695: Course + course materials
1.5 ECTS credits + Certificate of Attendance
Advanced bachelor level
All information about the course can be found here.