MINELRES: Introduction to the European human rights system course (September-December 2004)

Frank Elbers minelres@lists.microlink.lv
Sat May 15 09:38:22 2004

Distance education course
(13 September-5 December 2004)

Dear Colleagues,

HREA is calling for applications for the distance learning course
"Introduction to the European System of Human Rights Protection and
Promotion", which will be offered from 13 September-5 December 2004.
Course instructor is Dr. Gerd Oberleitner.

Please note that the registration deadline for this course is 15 June 2004.

Best wishes,

Frank Elbers
Distance Learning Programme, HREA


HREA Distance Learning Course 9E04:
13 September-5 December 2004
Instructor: Dr. Gerd Oberleitner

This distance learning course provides participants with practical
guidance on how to protect and promote human rights through the European
human rights system, and specifically the institutions and treaties of the
Council of Europe. Participants will be introduced to the main European
human rights conventions and jurisprudence, primarily as developed through
the European Court of Human Rights. The course addresses European human
rights standards as they apply to civil and political rights, economic,
social and cultural rights, and the rights of minorities. Case studies on
the freedom of expression, homosexuality, violence against women,
protection of the mentally-ill, prisoner's rights, and the rights of
refugees and internally displaced persons, will deepen participants'
understanding of the European human rights standards and machinery.

The course is primarily intended for advanced (under)graduate students of
(international) law or social and political sciences; civic education and
history teachers; and NGO staff members from Council of Europe member
states. Participants should have a good written command of English (the
course language is English), have high competence and comfort with
computer and Internet use, and have regular access to e-mail and the

The course involves approximately 60 hours of reading, on-line working
groups, interaction among students and instructor, and assignments, and is
offered over a 12-week period beginning on 13 September. E-mail will be
the main medium for the course, although participants will need to have
periodic access to the Web. This course will integrate active and
participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with
an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. Participants who
have done the required reading, prepared interim and final project
assignments and have actively participated in group discussions will
receive a Certificate of Participation.

Application deadline: 15 June 2004

A more detailed course description, course outline, information about the
course instructor, evaluations of the 2003 course and application forms
can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/9E.html

This course was developed in partnership with the Council of Europe.



HREA's Distance Learning Programme (DLP) was initiated in 2000 in response
to an unaddressed need for the continuing education of human rights
professionals and practitioners. The programme builds on HREA's extensive
experience in both the training of professionals (advocates, educators,
development workers) and the use of the new information technologies to
provide resources and to network human rights advocates and educators. By
offering short, practical yet specialised courses via distance learning
barriers that prevent many practitioners from participating in continuing
education -- such as a lack of time and/or lack of funds to participate in
regional or national workshops/trainings -- can be overcome. HREA annually
organises distance learning courses on human rights monitoring; research &
evaluation in the NGO sector; project development and management; use of
information and communication technologies (ICTs) for human rights work;
rights-based programming; and human rights advocacy (in English, Arabic
and Russian). For more information about the DLP, please visit:


Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international
non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the
training of activists and professionals; the development of educational
materials and programming; and community-building through on-line
technologies. HREA works in partnership with education agencies, NGOs,
governments and inter-governmental organisations to implement training
programmes for NGO staff, jurists, teachers, and other professionals
involved in human rights work. Current and past partners include, inter
alia, Amnesty International, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies,
Council of Europe, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HURIDOCS, the
Inter-American Institute for Human Rights (IIDH), the Office of the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Open Society Institute and UNESCO.
HREA is registered as a non-profit organisation in the Netherlands and the
USA. More information about HREA can be found at: http://www.hrea.org