Learn how human rights law is applied to combat human rights violations and abuses in a domestic and international context. Learn how human rights are protected from both public and private power by international laws.
Université catholique de Louvain, one of Europe’s oldest Universities, is launching a certified massive open online course on Human Rights Law.
This course, which is taught entirely in English, has a duration of 12 weeks and requires a commitment of 6-8 hours per week. Course contents are available for free, you may want to opt-in for a verified certification for an extra fee.
In this course you will learn the basics of human rights law, when human rights law applies, and under which circumstances human rights can be restricted. You also will explore the obligations of states to protect, fulfil and respect human rights and how human rights progress can be measured.
You will be introduced to the most important human rights instruments and how they are used in domestic and international settings by courts and other human rights entities.
Throughout the course you will explore various human rights mechanisms such as the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies, Human Rights Councils and National Human Rights Institutions and discover their role in the national and international human rights landscape. Additionally, you will delve into the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States.
The online course is taught by Olivier De Schutter, Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium and at SciencesPo (Paris), Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food.
This advanced Human Rights Law course is also part of a MicroMasters Program in International Law. MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path towards completing an advanced degree. Job prospects for this MicroMasters include career opportunities as political scientists, journalists, economists, activists and NGO workers.