Go on!! CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – Creative Workshop ‘Telling Tales: The Art of Creating Stories in Images and Words’.


There is one last place available for the CREATIVE WORKSHOP ‘Telling Tales: The Art of Creating Stories in Images and Words’.

With Nick Danziger, award-winning photojournalist, author and documentary filmmaker and Rory MacLean, best-selling author.

Monaco, 10–14 September, 2018.

👉 ONLY ! Less than a week left to register!!! Don’t miss the opportunity!

Stories can entrance, engage, even possess us. Everyone of us has a story to tell: factual or fictional, cool documentary or sparkling flight of the imagination. But to become an accomplished storyteller one needs time, a conducive environment, and sensitive guides to direct and refine individual talent. This autumn, Nick Danziger and Rory MacLean, two of Europe’s most intrepid and intuitive chroniclers, will lead two exclusive, four-and-a-half day writing and photography workshops in Monaco. Selected participants will be guided and supported on their creative journey and will be offered two days’ post-production help from the renowned UK digital wizard David Mallows. Both amateur and professional photographers and writers are invited to apply. No experience is necessary. The only requirement is the passion to tell a story.

The course will include talks on the craft of narration, and introductory workshops on gathering material, note-taking, voice and structure. Nick will project selected photo stories and explain his working method. Rory will underline the importance of writing from the heart to fill one’s creative work with feeling and excitement. Above all, time will be spent in one-to-one discussions, helping to draw out individual skills, and – if desired – to complete a specific story which individuals may want to tell, in words and/or in images, during the workshop. Work will be critiqued and discussed in depth, skills and techniques enhanced, with each text or portfolio given special, personal attention.

Dates: 10-14 September, 2018

Place: Monaco        Duration: 4 and half days        Teaching language: English

Suitable for beginners, advanced amateurs and professionals

Price: €1,350

Contact: danzigerexhibitions@gmail.com


Nick Danziger is one of the world’s finest photojournalists and a naturally gifted visual storyteller. His photographic work is held in museum collections worldwide. His ‘mirror’ image of Tony Blair and George W. Bush shot during a 30-day, ground-breaking study of a Prime Minister at war won the World Press Photo Award.


Rory MacLean’s is the author of twelve books including several top tens, the most recent being ‘Berlin: Imagine a City’, a book of the year and ‘the most extraordinary work of history I have read’ according to the Washington Post. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has received many awards, including from the Canada Council and Arts Council of England.


David Mallows has 20 years’ combined experience in both hardware and software. He has been a presenter for Adobe Systems UK for the past 8 years, regularly presenting and delivering training at major UK photographic trade events. He is an official photographer for the Brit Awards and the Classic Brits.


Participants’ comments from previous Monaco Creative Workshops:

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience of story telling – you are all beautiful, talented and generous hearted people in extraordinary and individual ways – never mind the superlatives – I feel tremendously fortunate to have shared 5 days with such an inspired group of people, being jettisoned into my own creative journey…”

Jilly, France

“Life-changing” is just a cliché, but I struggle to find a better word to describe what this workshop has done to me. It’s way beyond photography, way beyond writing, and way beyond my expectations.”

Claire, UK

“Thank you for the (unexpected) journey of self-discovery. I called my family right after landing and told them how fascinating my week was in Monaco”

Elisa, Hong Kong

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Go on! The Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy summer school – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


The Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy summer school, extended its applications deadline for another month!

Hurry Up 🌍 A few places left! 📽 Don’t miss the opportunity! 

The 13th Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy summer school is on its way! This year’s school will take place in the picturesque Lido island of Venice, Italy! The Summer School offers an exciting programme of lectures, film screenings, discussions and working groups that combine human rights expertise, media studies and video advocacy strategies! In collaboration with EIUC, CHRA will offer a one in a life-time experience, through an inter-disciplinary training on human rights film advocacy. Anyone with an interest in human rights, cinema and advocacy is invited to apply!

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  • 13th Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy Summer School
  • When? 27 August – 5 September 2018
  • Where? EIUC, Monastery of San Nicolò | Venice Lido (Italy)
  • Extended Deadline: 31st of July 2018

The 13th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy, is a training initiative jointly organized by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization-EIUC and CHRA. The 10-day intense programme is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, film, digital media and video advocacy. The school provides a unique opportunity for participants to share ideas and foster critical thinking on urgent human rights issues, debate with experts and filmmakers in conjunction with the 75th Venice international Film Festival, and learn how to use film as a tool for social and cultural change. Cinema accreditation to the Film Festival will be provided for the duration of the school. Read More…

The Summer School offers an exciting
programme of lectures, film screenings, discussions and working groups that combine human rights expertise with media studies and video advocacy strategies. The teaching sessions develop issues rooted in human rights and film-making. The topics of discussion vary from ethics and human rights philosophy, to the UDHR illustrated in films and a history of human rights cinema, freedom of expression and censorship, the role of media in advancing human rights causes, the use of video in human rights documentation and advocacy, production and distribution of human rights films, social documentaries and documentary film project development.
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CHRA’s team of mentors is composed of internationally acclaimed experts in the film, television, photography & human rights fields, in academia and/or on the field as activists, like the world renowned photographer & filmmaker Nick Danziger;
Claudia Modonesi an expert in human rights and a media trainer with a passionate interest in cinema; the legendary professor of human rights William Schabas; the Founder & Managing Director of Dartmouth Films, Christopher Hird; EIUC’s Secretary General Manfred Nowak; Chair of International Law Koen de Feyter; the inspiring Programme Manager of Witness Kelly Matheson; and the senior lecturer in Film & Television Emma Sandon.
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About US

logo-chra5.jpgCinema Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) trains, supports and advises activists and filmmakers to use, produce and distribute films to effectively expose human rights abuses, alter public perceptions and advocate change. We train filmmakers and activists to be agents of change through their storytelling and visual work.

eiucThe Global Campus of Human Rights is an EU-funded global network of universities, based in the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). EIUC’s mission is to act as a strategic hub for the advancement of human rights in the world.

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Call for Applications – 11th Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy summer school

Are you interested in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy?

Then this summer school is for you.


The call for applications for the 11th Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy summer school, is now open.

More info at: www.chra.ie

Apply at: http://www.chra.ie/apply.php

Email us a query at: info@chra.ie

11th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy

16-25 June 2016, Galway, Ireland

This Summer School programme has for the last 10 years attracted young talented filmmakers, human rights professionals, and activists from across the world who wish to engage in an exciting training course where ideas and projects are shared, developed and challenged by fellow participants and internationally acclaimed experts of film, television, photography and human rights. Cinema and Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) is a training initiative offered by the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, part of the National University of Ireland, Galway. This, the 11th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy will run at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media in Galway, Ireland, from 16th to 25th of June 2016.

The Summer School is led by our director Nick Danziger an internationally renowned practitioner in the field of human rights documentary making, and our associate director Claudia Modonesi a human rights expert and media trainer. The 10-day programme consists of eight teaching sessions, workshops and film screenings that combine human rights expertise and media studies. Sessions develop issues relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, Producing Social Documentaries, the Role of Media in Period of Conflict and Production and Distribution of Human Rights Films. Each module is illustrated by film or documentary screenings. Elements of the summer school include information on the fundamentals of human rights, how to raise awareness of human rights on camera, developing a project proposal and how these ideas should be pitched.

This is a unique training opportunity in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy!

APPLY NOW! Deadline for applications is the 30th of April 2016.

Early Bird ends on the 18th of March 2016.

For more information please visit www.chra.ie or email us at info@chra.ie

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Thank you.

Dr. Zoi Aliozi

CHRA summer school coordinator

Irish Centre for Human Rights

On Feminist Legal Scholarship

Let’s just assume that we all know what ‘Feminist Legal Scholarship’ is more or less about. We could simply say that a feminist legal scholar is a legal scholar that is a feminist. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? If we could just simplify everything, and accept that the easiest answer is the truer? Yet, in a Socratic paradigm, one question gives birth to many others, like: ‘what a feminist is?’ ‘what is legal scholarship?’ and so on and so forth, and “en oida oti ouden oida”.

By exercising logic, we can apparently explain what a legal scholar does, and what a feminist is supposed to be and do. It may also be easier to argue that the combination of these terms refer to a type of legal methodology that is feminist-friendly; or better put, that this “mysterious” legal trend has the scope of feminism as the telos to each legal effort – by assuming that the scope of feminism is justice & fairness, since the essence of this idea is equality. Well, one could also argue that by employing the terms “feminist jurisprudence”, we refer to legal experts who produce knowledge that is meant to contribute into the legal science by utilizing feminist theory’s methodological tools, as well as promote the scope of the feminist movement. While, allow me to say that ideally feminist legal scholarship involves all the above to a certain extend, depending on the subject matter of the legal research.

However, this entire hypothesis presupposes existing knowledge, able to guide us in pointing out the particular scope of the specific feminist movement we aim at utilizing. The emerging keyword is “methodology” again, or the lack of it. Since none of the above can satisfy the need for specific guidelines on methodology, a need stressed by the majority of legal scholars out there; whether they consider themselves feminists or not.

The truth of the matter is that if you ask five different feminist legal scholars what is it that this style of law is all about, you are very likely to receive five different answers. The internalized reflex of being politically correct is a syndrome well spread among legal scholars, while we may not even be conscious of that need of ours. Thankfully, though, we have philosophy to show us the way and lead us into the light once more. The moment we start to critically question norms, and dispute epistemological patterns, this is the instance that philosophy comes into play.

So, the problem as I see it, derives principally from the fact that legal scholarship can be constructed only in respect to specific rules – while the term “feminist” refers to an abstract political idea that has been adopted and thus interpreted by contradictory groups to suit their needs. So, we can observe the legal and the political, struggling to co-exist in a formation where the practical implications are deeply rooted in the contradiction of the specific subject of law and the abstract idea of the political. Therefore, we are witnessing once more the ancient clash of these fraternal twin ideas.

Through the prism of feminist jurisprudence, law is viewed as being an essential actor in the historical subordination of women. So, in simple terms, a feminist legal scholar’s ultimate objective, would be to expose the ways in which law contributed in the previous subordinate status of women. Under this logic, the scope of feminist jurisprudence is devoted to shifting women’s position through a modification of the legal contact to gender.

This line of reasoning, views law in many instances, as the product of centuries of masculine legal thought. What that means is that law reflects in a variety of ways the patriarchal morals that by definition are diminishing the value of women to means for the dominant male’s ends. I am talking about sexist laws, like the rule of thumb for wife-beating, that allowed a man to beat his wife with a stick, as long as it was not thicker than his thumb. Does that sound as radical feminism to you? Wait I have better arguments to put on the table. Take for example the famous “reasonable man test”, and notice the sexist language used in law. Observe the legal literature, and realize that in every hypothetical case, the legal scholars when referring to a human being, are always using “he”, as if “he” is the only subject of law. Take for example the crime of rape, which just like heterosexuality, centers its definition on penetration.

As philosophy teaches, truth is often hidden in language, (See: Heidegger, 1962, p. 261) and the language we use today, is indicative of the criterion used for determining the status of women. I am referring to the simple exercise of comparing it with the status of men. What I mean to argue, is that feminists constantly use the term equality, but what do they mean can only be known by comparing the status of women with the status of men. It is unfortunately impossible to escape from this binary, when dealing with the feminist idea. It makes sense to add in this train of thought the words of Derrida, who famously argued that all we are able to understand is differences.

The need to engage with ‘feminist legal scholarship’ is today more evident and justifiable than ever. As I came to understand it, ultimately refers to: Consciousness raising; Asking the “woman question”; Challenging patriarchy and the legal norms deriving from it; Deconstructing the subject of the legal claim and the traditional binaries as well as hierarchies in law; Addressing gender-based violence; Restoring history through the collection of facts that uncover the cases of female victims; and last but not least addressing that traditionally law has been a male construct, and that the subject of law is male. “For women to be included as subjects of law, their voices have to be listened to and, more importantly, to be heard and acted upon. For too long the law, legal theory and jurisprudence has presented itself as a rational objective ordering of gender-neutral persons, while at the same time subconsciously addressing only the essential male.” (See: H. Barnett, 2013, p. 4).

It is lady-justice-statueinteresting to observe that Lady Justice holds a weighing scale in struggling to bring justice into this world. Justice as well as equality, is portrayed as the balance between different claims. From this standpoint, feminist legal scholars would argue that traditionally the value of women is weighed against to that of men, and justice has yet to be achieved. It seems impossible to escape this comparison, however it seems to me that this way of evaluating and assessing the value of people creates more problems than it actually solves. Comparing human beings is by definition contrary to the synonymous ideas of Justice, Fairness and Human Rights. Nonetheless, we cannot stay in denial, and refuse to acknowledge the persistent inequalities imposed on women simply because of their gender, even today. Because if we take a good look around us, from the place we work and micro-narratives, to overall society and macro-narratives, we do not need to be statisticians to realize that women do not enjoy real equality to men, neither are free from gender-based discrimination.

There is still work to be done!