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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 2018

Advanced Course on Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Theory and Practice, 10-14 December 2018

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.

Time and place: 10-14 December 2018, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland.

Application deadline: 14 September 2018. Applications closed.

Course Programme and Faculty

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

  • The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • South African Jurisprudence

Malcolm Langford, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Co-director of the Centre on Law and Transformation, University of Bergen and Chr. Michelsen Institute:

  • Conceptual Issues
  • Business and ESC Rights: Emerging Adjudication
  • Widening the Perspective: Judicial Behaviour, Impact and Strategy

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 vs. Indirect Approaches to ESC Rights Enforcement
  • Standards of Review

Katharine Young, Associate Professor, Boston College Law School:

  • Conceptualization of ESC Rights: Minimum Core/Minimum Standards

Aoife Nolan, Professor of International Human Rights Law, University of Nottingham:

  • Case Study: The European Social Charter
  • Austerity and Socio-Economic Rights

Sisay Alemahu Yeshanew, Associate Professor, School of Law, Addis Ababa University:

  • Case Study: The African Human Rights System
  • Challenges Faced in Some National Jurisdictions in relation to the Justiciability of ESC Rights: Some African Examples


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.


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.


The course fee, which includes the course, course material and a few meals in EUR 700. 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.

The selected course participants are expected to take care of the arrangements for accommodation themselves. Accommodation is not included in the course fee.


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 14 September 2018. The applications will be processed in September-October. Information regarding admission should reach the applicants by the end of October.

Course flyer

More information: courses.imr@abo.fi

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

Updated 25.9.2018