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2017 Summer Schools in Human Rights

The Genocide and Human Rights University Program

The Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP) is a two-week graduate-level course at the University of Toronto, Canada. Held from July 31st – August 11th 2017, GHRUP offers a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of cases of genocide, including the Holocaust, the Cambodian Genocide, and the Rwandan Genocide among others, using the Armenian Genocide as a point of reference.

Taught by 12 leading experts in their fields, this course incorporates genocide theory, history, sociology, political science, anthropology, psychology, and international law. Using a seminar approach, GHRUP provides a structured forum for analyzing universal questions relating to genocide and human rights, including the background, sources, causes and effects of genocide; the social, economic and psychological impact on survivors and their descendants; and the gendered dimensions of genocide.

Migration and Human Rights

The Summer School on Migration and Human Rights is an intensive one-week course that focuses on global migration and human rights. With the growing movement of humans internationally, the protection of human rights is more imperative than ever. Having an understanding of the challenges that migrants face is crucial for nations to develop and implement policies that adhere to human rights standards.

In order to bring to light the issues surrounding migration, John Cabot University, working with UNICRI, will deliver this course that offers legal, social, professional, academic and scientific perspectives from a variety of renowned speakers. This learning environment invites its participants to meet peers, interact with internationally known experts and build professional relationships with other students around the world to promote intercultural dialogue and garner a deeper understanding of these heavy issues.

International Human Rights Law: An Introduction

The International Human Rights Law: An Introduction takes place from July 10, 2017, to July 14, 2017, at the Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance in Utrecht, The Netherlands. It is a one-week introductory course that puts focus on international human rights law by taking a look at both the political and philosophical bases of human rights. From there, this course will look at the protection and promotion of these human rights from both the regional and the international levels. This course examines human rights-based ways for students to handle and analyze conflicts and how to promote peace in order to develop social justice through lectures, expert panels, work groups and more.

Human Rights and Transitional Justice

The Human Rights and Transitional Justice summer school takes place at the Grotius Center in South Holland. It is designed for professionals working in the field of transitional justice and human rights, researchers, and law students who have already completed a minimum of three years of their degree. Through these English-based courses, students will use interactive workshops and exercises along with expert panels to explore the two main pillars of transitional justice: reparations and truth-seeking methods regarding abuses of human rights. This course will analyze the biggest challenges that come with securing a human right’s victims rights to truth in transitional societies, examining new ways to approach this topic, including domestic commissions, UN commissions of inquiry as well as international criminal proceedings.

Refugees and Migrants in International Human Rights Law

The Refugees and Migrants in International Human Rights Law course is a course that takes place from July 3, 2017, to July 12, 2017, in Poznań, Poland. This year’s course puts focus on the legal aspects of the refugee and migrant rights in both Europe and around the world, combining both practice-oriented and theoretical approaches to human rights. It shows a number of different mechanisms, instruments and procedures of international human rights, along with the international law that protects migrants and refugees. This course will also give students the right tools and skills to use in their own line of human rights research to further human rights protection. Taught in English, this course will take 60 hours to complete in the form of lectures and case teachings by lawyers, civil servants, top human rights scholars, diplomats and international organization staff members.

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