Application Deadline: February 14, 2016
- ARE YOU A HUMAN RIGHTS LITIGATOR or activist with three years work experience? Are you interested in using international law to challenge abuses?
- Spend a week this summer with lawyers and experts from the Open Society Justice Initiative at the Central European University in Budapest.
- Drawing on our practical experiences before the UN treaty bodies and regional human rights courts, together we will examine how litigation can be a powerful part of your strategy for change.
The Open Society Justice Initiative and Central European University invite applicants for the 2016 Summer School in Human Rights Litigation, to be held in Budapest from July 11 to 15.
The summer school provides a unique opportunity for human rights professionals to build on their experience and to develop their skills to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change.
The curriculum will combine presentations, case studies, exercises, and discussion groups with preparatory work and further reading to ensure full maximum benefit for those attending the course. Participants will be invited to provide information on cases they are working on and those concrete examples will help shape discussion.
- Participants need not be practicing lawyers; however, they must have some experience in human rights litigation, and will ideally have three to six years’ experience in human rights practice.
- Participants will be required to submit examples of cases and issues that they are or have been involved in. Instruction will be in English.
- Bursaries towards tuition fees and expenses, including travel, are available where the need can be demonstrated.
The curriculum will cover a range of human rights tribunals, such as the African, Inter-American, and European regional bodies, as well as the most frequently used United Nations treaty bodies. The course will also allow participants to choose specialist seminars to examine key issues in their field; in past years, this has included torture and the right to life, discrimination, freedom of information and expression, violations in the context of migration, and rights upon arrest.
The summer school faculty consists of practitioners from the Justice Initiative and its human rights litigation partners, combining both an academic analysis and a practical assessment of different human rights situations faced by lawyers and activists around the world.
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