Interested in learning about human rights? This one-week introduction course focuses on the major features of international human rights law. It begins by examining the philosophical and political bases of human rights and then explores human rights documents and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights at the international and regional levels. Particular attention will be paid to issues of equality and discrimination, including on grounds of sex and race. Through lectures, interactive working groups, expert panels and excursion(s), participants will gain an understanding of the various elements – and their interplay – involved in this field.
The basic notion of human rights lies in the recognition of the need to protect and affirm an individual’s dignity. They are the rights of individuals in society, regardless of one’s background, origin, age, income, religion, sex or race. Human rights play an increasingly important role at the international, regional, national and local level, where individuals use the language of human rights to assert and protect their rights. Despite the proliferation of human rights-related documents, challenges with implementation and protection continue.
The deadline for submission of applications is 15 May 2020.