Go On! University of Essex Human Rights Summer School (early enrolment discounts available now)

Following on from a successful second year, the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex is offering its five day summer school on Human Rights Research Methods from 27 June to 1 July 2015.  Additionally, the Human Rights Centre is offering a second week (4-5 July) of thematic modules on two contemporary and cutting edge issues in human rights:

An international team of experts will deliver teaching sessions, including leading human rights academics and practitioners. These are essential courses for postgraduate students, academics, lawyers, those working in civil society and international organisations, and importantly, those holding positions in government, including diplomats and civil servants.  The thematic modules are run in conjunction with the International Centre on Human Rights & Drug Policy and the Human Rights Centre.

Courses will be held at the University of Essex campus in Wivenhoe Park, an hour train ride from central London.  An early booking discount on the published course fee rates is available now.

A full course programme, including enrolment details are available here.  We hope to see you at Essex this summer!

Go On! iCourts/PluriCourts PhD Summer School on ‘International Law: Courts and Contexts’ (deadline 1 April)

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The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and PluriCourts (Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order) are hosting a high-level summer school in Copenhagen June 20-24, 2016, for PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context. They particularly welcome students who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves a strong focus on methodology.

The deadline to register is 1 April, 2016. Link: http://jura.ku.dk/phd/english/calender/2016/summer-school-2016/

Go on! Update: University of Essex Human Rights Summer School

The Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex has just announced full and partial scholarships for their cutting edge human rights summer school courses.  Space is limited, so all interested participants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex is offering its five day summer school on Human Rights Research Methods from 29 June to 3 July 2015 with a keynote lecture from pioneering human rights defender, Hina Jilani. This will be followed by a second week (6-7 July) of thematic modules on cutting edge issues in human rights. These include:

  • Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (6-7 July)
  • Economic and Social Dimensions of Transitional Justice (6-7 July)
  • Human Rights and Drug Policy (6-7 July)
  • Autonomy and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (7 July)

Participants in the thematic modules will be invited to a keynote panel discussion that will include contributions from leading human rights experts: Professors Paul Hunt, Nigel Rodley, Francoise Hampson, Geoff Gilbert, and Dr Ahmed Shaheed.

For a comprehensive learning experience, participants may combine the research methods module with a thematic module (a discounted rate is available).  An international team of experts will deliver teaching sessions, including leading human rights academics and practitioners. These are essential courses for postgraduate students, academics, lawyers, those working in civil society and international organisations, and importantly, those holding positions in government, including diplomats and civil servants.  The thematic modules are run in conjunction with the Essex Transitional Justice Network, the Essex Autonomy Project, and the International Centre on Human Rights & Drug Policy.

Courses will be held in the verdant English countryside at the University of Essex campus in Wivenhoe Park, an hour train ride from central London.

A full course programme, including enrolment details are available here.  Anyone interested in scholarship applications should email hrcsumsc@essex.ac.uk to complete the short application form.

Go On! Update, ICC Summer School 2015 (deadline 30 May)

We’ve posted previously about this year’s ICC Summer School from 15-19 June 2015 at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway. Here is an update, with the full list of faculty:

The ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premier summer school on the International Criminal Court, the world’s permanent institution for the trial of international crimes. This year’s ICC Summer School will take place from 15-19 June 2015 at NUI Galway, Ireland. The Summer School comprises a series of intensive and interactive lectures over five days given by leading academics and legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures, operations, and applicable law. Specific topics covered include international crimes (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity & aggression), jurisdiction, modes of liability, the role of victims and prosecutorial discretion. This year’s Summer School will include a special session on Palestine and the International Criminal Court, which will involve the participation of the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland, Ambassador Ahmad Abdelrazek. The Summer School is suited to postgraduate students, legal professionals, journalists and staff of civil society or intergovernmental organisations.

The 2015 ICC Summer School faculty includes:

  • Professor William Schabas – Middlesex University & Irish Centre for Human Rights
  • Professor Kevin Jon Heller – School of Oriental and African Studies, London
  • Dr. Fabricio Guariglia – Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court
  • Dr. Mohamed M. El Zeidy – Pre-Trial Chamber II at the International Criminal Court
  • Dr. Rod Rastan – Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court
  • Professor Ray Murphy – Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway
  • Professor Don Ferencz, Visiting Professor, School of Law, Middlesex University; Research Associate, Oxford University Faculty of Law Centre for Criminology
  • Dr. Kwadwo Appiagyei Atua – University of Ghana and University of Lincoln
  • Dr. Michael Kearney – School of Law, Sussex University
  • Dr. Noelle Higgins – Senior Lecturer, Law Department Maynooth University
  • Ms. Salma Karmi-Ayyoub – Barrister, London
  • Dr. Nadia Bernaz – School of Law, Middlesex University
  • Mr. John McManus – Canadian Department of Justice
  • Professor Megan A. Fairlie – Florida International University
  • Dr. Mohamed Badar – Northumbria University, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Shane Darcy – Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

The closing date for registrations is 30 May 2015. The registration fee (€450) includes all course materials, all lunches and refreshments, a social activity and a closing dinner. The registration fee also includes a complimentary copy of: William A. Schabas, Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 4th ed.).

To register and for more information, please visit: http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=405.

Should you have any queries, please email: iccsummerschool@gmail.com.

Go On! 7th International Disability Law Summer School, Galway, 22–26 June 2015

The Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway has announced that it will hold the 7th International Disability Law Summer School from June 22-26, 2015. The theme will be Disability-Inclusive Development Aid.

The purpose of this five-day International Disability Summer School is to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to translate the generalities of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible reform for persons with disabilities. The core focus of this year will be on Human Rights and Disability-Inclusive Development.

We look forward, as usual, to a world-class Faculty and participants from around the globe including persons with disabilities, civil society groups, advocates for disability law reform, lawyers, policy makers and policy analysts.
In 2014, the summer school attracted over 100 participants from 39 different countries – from Africa, Asia, Latin America and China. We believe it is the biggest such event in the world.

In keeping with the practical orientation of the Summer School there will be a Moot Court competition based on a problem disseminated at the beginning of the Summer School and culminating in a mock court at the end. All participants are expected to be involved at some level. 

The aim is to provide the participants with a forum to sharpen their argumentative strategies based on the CRPD and to identify weaknesses as well as strengths in the different argumentative approaches. Delegates will be mentored throughout the week in crafting their arguments by the international Faculty. The participants will demonstrate what they have learnt in arguing before a mock UN Committee.

Prior legal knowledge or experience is not required for attending. The fee is 330 euros. 

For more information and to register, visit http://www.nuigalway.ie/cdlp/Summer_School_2015/summer_school_2015_info.html.

Go On! Galway International Summer School – Arts and Human Rights

UPDATE:

Because we have recently received further funding, we are delighted to be able to announce that the fee has been dropped by 50% to €175, fully inclusive of lunches and refreshments. Registration can be made online:http://conference.ie/Conferences/AddRegistration.asp?Conference=418.

We are also inviting the submission of papers, posters, performance, or visual art pieces for the Summer School. A selection of submissions will be invited for inclusion in the peer-reviewed conference proceedings to be published by an international academic publisher in 2016. Please find further information on our website: http://conference.ie/Conferences/menu.asp?menu=1882&Conference=418.
Further information on the Summer School, including the programme and profile of the speakers, can be found on our website: http://conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=418. You can follow us on Twitter @AHRGalway or on our Facebook page for further updates.

The first Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights will take place from 9–11 July 2015 in National University of Ireland, Galway. Co-directed by Prof Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and Dr Dominique Bouchard, Curator at the Hunt Museum, it will bring together arts practitioners with human rights activists and scholars to explore their shared space. Events will take the form of panel discussions, exhibitions and performances.

The global theme for 2015 will be “Belonging”. The Summer School will consist of keynote addresses, plenary discussions, and themed discussions on three parallel tracks – literature and human rights; the visual arts and human rights; and music and human rights. The opening speaker will be the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Cultural Rights, Farida Shaheed.

Other speakers and panelists include:

·  Jennifer Johnston, Novelist, winner of the Whitbread book award;

·  Manfred Nowak, Scientific Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Menschenrechte, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina;

·  Susan McKay, Journalist;

·  Sarah Joseph, Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia;

·  Kateřina Šedá, Artist;

·  Vincent Woods, Poet and playwright;

·  Lelia Doolan, Film producer, former artistic director of the Abbey Theatre.

·  Rita Duffy, Artist;

·  Dominic Thorpe, Artist;

·  Mary Lawlor, Front Line Defenders

·  Neil Jarman, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast;

·  Barbora Bukovska, Senior Director for Law, Article 19;

·  Vered Cohen Barzilay, Director, Novel Rights;

·  Paul Seawright, Artist, Professor of Photography, University of Ulster;

·  Bob Collins, Chairman of the Board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland;

·  Guido Gryseels, Director, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Brussels, Belgium;

·  Rod Stoneman, Director, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, National University of Ireland, Galway;

·  David Petrasek, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada;

·  Julian Fifer, Musicians for Human Rights.

Galway is a thriving cultural centre at the edge of the Atlantic and is the gateway to some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery.  The Summer School immediately precedes the world famous Galway International Arts Festival.

Registration costs €350, but a reduced early bird registration fee of €290 is available until 31 March 2015.

For more information please visit http://conference.ie/ or email artsandhumanrights@gmail.com.

Find attached the provisional Summer School Arts & Human Rights Programme.

Go On! International Humanitarian Law Summer School, University of Geneva (June 22 – July 10)

The University of Geneva is offering a new Summer School in International Humanitarian Law from June 22 to July 10, 2015. Learn more about the summer school and apply online.

Course Description
The course methodology insists on the importance of a practice-based teaching of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the law protecting persons affected by armed conflicts, thus combining theory and discussions of contemporary conflicts. During the course of the programme, participants will:

  • Receive in-depth presentations on the basic principles and on some current controversies on international humanitarian law;
  • Participate in simulations, by representing parties to current armed conflicts;
  • Engage in interactive debates on “hot topics” in IHL with scholars and practitioners.
  • Reflect on the legal framework applicable to present conflicts.
  • Visit the International Committee of the Red Cross and discuss with its practitioners;
  • Realize that and how IHL is actually being applied in contemporary practice and that it guides those seeking answers to the legal problems arising from armed conflicts.
  • Receive teaching from a mix of eminent scholars, young researchers, military lawyers, and humanitarian practitioners from organizations based in Geneva.
  • 6 ECTS.

Target Audience
The course welcomes applications from graduate or post-graduate students (currently enrolled in master degree or above) in law, international relations or related areas, Ph.D candidates, and humanitarian practitioners. Upper-year undergraduate students may also apply, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that this is a master-level course. Background in public international law is recommended, although not required.

Download Course Flyer as pdf.

Course Directors
Professor Marco Sassòli (Course Director), University of Geneva
Anne Quintin (Course Assistant), University of Geneva

A Faculty List for the summer school is available on the website.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Please contact gss@unige.ch with any questions.