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Summer School: Human Rights (University of Essex)

Our Human Rights Centre – one of the oldest academic human rights centres in the world – resumes its popular Summer School on Human Rights for 2021. Taught by a faculty of leading experts in the field, the Summer School will cover sessions on human rights research methods, advocacy and campaigning strategies, and professional development. The programme also responds to growing challenges faced by human rights professionals and includes sessions that examine opportunities to overcome them. The Summer School will cover areas that are essential for human rights professionals and postgraduate students.

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The Human Rights Summer School will be held virtually in 2021, split over two weeks from Monday 28 June to Friday 9 July, and taught by a faculty of leading academics and practitioners. Book your place before 31 May to be eligible for our early bird discount.

In taking this course, participants will:

  • Acquire a strong understanding of the several methods used in human rights research covering qualitative and quantitative methods as well as emerging methods such as human rights experiments
  • Understand how to do research in different country contexts including in closed and challenging societies, and countries in transition
  • Learn to design research projects with a strong methodology, including for grant applications and to have optimal impact on policy and practice
  • Gain a strong appreciation of a range of advocacy tools including litigation, international advocacy as well as of strategies on running campaigns to achieve change
  • Acquire insights into effective governance of human rights NGOs including group dynamics
  • Learn ways to build resilience and support the well-being of human rights advocates in the face of their constant or extraordinary exposure to various forms and types of trauma in their line of work
  • Gain insights into various aspects of field practice from a number of practitioners on promoting human rights in international contexts

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Human Rights Careers

Human Rights Careers (HRC) aims to help human rights students, recent graduates and young professionals to pursue a career in the highly competitive field of human rights.