14 July 2017
Strategic Human Rights Litigation
Human rights litigation is one of the methods by which civil society organizations can bring about social change. This course for human rights professionals will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change. Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.
The course encourages participants to approach human rights litigation strategically, viewing litigating a human rights case as one step in the process of achieving social change. It includes modules that examine the steps involved in strategic litigation, such as case selection, client care, and forum choice. It also uses case studies to explore how to build a strong evidential record in support of the case, how to develop campaigning and advocacy to raise awareness of the issues involved, and how to implement a successful judgment.
A faculty of human rights practitioners from the Open Society Justice Initiative will be joined by visiting experts, creating a wide body of expertise. Workshops will focus on key skills such as advocacy in support of ligation, legal drafting, communications and media, and dealing with the ethical problems that arise in human rights cases. Modules in specific subject areas will allow participants to examine key issues in their field, including discrimination, economic and social rights, violations in the context of migration, rights upon arrest, and torture and ill-treatment in detention.
Rupert Skilbeck, Open Society Justice Initiative, London, UK
James Goldston, Executive Director, Open Society Justice Initiative, New York; Rupert Skilbeck, Litigation Director, Open
Society Justice Initiative, London; Betsy Apple, Advocacy Director, Op
The course invites applications from human rights litigators and activists with 2 - 4 years' working experience, who are seeking to enforce the rights of the individual against the state. Some participants will have a legal background, and will be involved in bringing cases before the courts. Others may be professionals wishing to develop their skills in these new areas, but will bring experiences of other forms of human rights work.
This course for human rights professionals will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change. Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.
CEU Summer University awards a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course. In order to gain this certificate, participants will be expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and complete assignments required by the course.
EUR 300: payable until May 28, 2017
EUR 270: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2017
Financial aid is available in the following categories:
• tuition waiver
• accommodation grant
• travel grant (full or partial)