Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights aims to provide instruction of a high academic standard, in French and in English, conduct and promote scientific research, organise training courses and expert meetings and provide legal expertise in the branches of international law relating to situations of armed conflicts.
The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, part of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva, is conducting a course on Monitoring Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from 9-13 May 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.
This advanced course will provide experienced human rights advocates, staff of NGOs and national human rights institutions, representatives of governments, and staff of United Nations bodies and other international organisations, as well as members of the academia, with in-depth knowledge on monitoring aspects related to economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights), and comprehensive knowledge on how to enhance their work on monitoring ESC rights.
At the end of the training, the participants will be
- Familiar with the different techniques to monitor ESC rights;
- Familiar with the monitoring mechanisms for ESC rights, in particular the UN system;
- Ability to document cases of violation/realisation of an ESC right of particular concern to them or their organisation;
- Ability to present findings effectively, and devise an advocacy strategy which makes use of the international human rights mechanisms.
The course programme will cover the following topics:
• Framework of ESC rights: scope of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, typologies of State obligations; Limburg Principles; Maastricht Guidelines;
- International mechanisms making use of monitoring tools of ESC rights: UN Human Rights Council, UN Special Rapporteurs, UN Committee on ESC Rights;
- Approaches to monitoring ESC rights: violations approach, indicators approach, human rights impact assessments, litigating ESC rights, budget monitoring;
- Strategies to build advocacy policies, data visualisation;
- Discussions with experts, including UN Treaty Body members; visit to a session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
A dynamic combination of lectures with hands-on practical work on real country situations, facilitated by experts experienced in ESC rights work at both UN and grassroots level.
Who should apply?
This course aims to suit the needs of experienced staff of human rights organisations, in particular NGOs, as well as of national human rights institutions, staff from UN agencies and diplomats who want to enhance their work on monitoring ESC rights. The professional groups targeted are: advocacy/human rights/legal officers, managers, researchers.
This advanced training course will be held at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Geneva, from 9 to 13 May 2011. There will be approximately 25 participants accepted. The course will be held in parallel with the May session of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, which will also be held in Geneva. This will allow course participants to observe the Committee in session, to the extent time permits.
The course is hosted and organised by the Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (part of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva).
Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of participation from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
Please fill in the online application form and submit it electronically. For the registration to be complete, applicants must also send their CVs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please download the application form or request a copy at email@example.com. The completed application form should be submitted via e-mail, and must be accompanied by a CV for the registration to be complete. Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important deadlines for application
- 15 February 2012: Applicants requiring visas to enter Switzerland or financial assistance to attend the course;
- 25 March 2012: Self-funded applicants who do not require visas to enter Switzerland.
The course fee for this 5-day intensive program is 1500 CHF. The course fee of 1 500 Swiss francs includes; tuition costs, course materials, five lunches, one informal dinner and coffee breaks. The fee is payable once confirmation of participation has been issued.
The application deadline is 15 February 2012.
For more about the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, refer to www.adh-geneva.ch.