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Intensive courses on human rights

The Institute for Human Rights has a long experience of hosting a wide range of international courses for students, researchers and professionals.

The Institute for Human Rights organizes intensive short courses in human rights, with internationally renowned human rights experts as teachers.

Between 1991 and 2013, the Advanced Course on the International Protection of Human Rights was arranged annually, providing a general overview of international human rights protection. Numerous active international human rights scholars and practitioners attended this course. The highly acclaimed Advanced Course on Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has been arranged on a close to annual basis since 2006.

In recent years, the Institute has focused more on offering courses related to specific topics, among them, refugee law, law and development, and realizing human rights through criminal law.

For more information about our intensive courses contact us at: courses.imr@abo.fi

Courses in 2019

Advanced Course on Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Theory and Practice, 11-15 November 2019

The Institute for Human Rights organizes the Advanced Course on Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in cooperation with the Socio-Economic Rights and Administrative Justice Project, University of Stellenbosch Law Faculty, South Africa, and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo. The course is part of the programme of the Global School on Socioeconomic Rights.

This intensive course offers participants an opportunity to develop specialist level knowledge in the field of economic, social and cultural rights, with a particular focus on justiciability at the national, regional and international level. The course is designed for PhD students, scholars, practitioners (e.g., law, human rights or development), policy-makers and advanced master’s students. The number of participants is restricted to 30.

Time and place: 11-15 November 2019, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
Application deadline: 8 September 2019
Application form

Course programme and faculty

Sandra Liebenberg, H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law, University of Stellenbosch, Co-director of the Faculty of Socio-Economic Rights and Administrative Justice Research Project, member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2017–2020)

  • The Evolving Jurisprudence of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights under the Optional Protocol (virtual lecture)
  • South-African Jurisprudence on Socio-Economic Rights (virtual lecture)

Catarina Krause, Deputy Director, Institute for Human Rights, Åbo AkademI University

  • Case Study: The European Court of Human Rights

Tara Melish, Professor of Law, Director, Buffalo Human Rights Centre, SUNY Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York

  • Case Study: The Inter-American Human Rights System
  • Direct v. Indirect Approaches to Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Enforcement
  • Standards of Review

Shanelle van der Berg, Senior Researcher, South African Human Rights Commission, Research Fellow, Department of Public Law, University of Stellenbosch

  • Conceptual Issues in the Adjudication of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Remedies and Economic and Social Rights
  • Amartya Sen’s Capabilities Theory and Adjudicating Socio-Economic Rights

Danwood Chirwa, Professor of Law, Dean of Law, University of Cape Town

  • Case Study: The African Human Rights System
  • Models of Constitutional Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa

Viljam Engström, University Teacher, Åbo Akademi University

  • Social Protection Policies: Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights

Credits

Those who successfully complete the course, including the written examination, will receive a Diploma equivalent to 10 ECTS credits. With no written examination, the participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance equivalent to 2 ECTS credits.

Requirements

The course is designed for PhD students, scholars, practitioners (e.g., law, human rights or development), policy-makers and advanced master’s students. The number of participants is restricted to 30.

Costs

The course fee is EUR 700. This includes the course, course material and a few meals. Please note that the selected course participants are expected to arrange and cover their own travel and accommodation. Here are some travel and affordable accommodation options that we suggest.

Doctoral candidates in human rights law at partner universities in the Doctoral Network on Realizing Human Rights can apply for a reduction in the course fee. Students at Åbo Akademi University are exempted from the fee.

The Institute for Human Rights will apply for funding in order to be able to grant course scholarships to a limited number of participants from Africa, Latin America and Asia (South and South-East Asia). For details regarding the scholarship, please see the course application form.

Application

Applicants should fill in the application form, include their cv and two separate letters of recommendation in support of their application. Deadline for submissions is 8 September 2019. The applications will be processed in September-October. Information regarding admission should reach the applicants by the end of October.

More information

courses.imr@abo.fi

Institute for Human Rights
Åbo Akademi University
Vänrikinkatu 3 A
20500 Turku
Finland

Updated 26.6.2019