MINELRES: E-learning course 'Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and International Law'

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Wed Aug 12 11:59:01 2009

Original sender: Sandra Quintin <applications@hrea.org>

Dear Colleagues, 

HREA is calling for applications for the distance learning course
"Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and International Law", which will
be offered from 14 September-22 November 2009. 

Please note that the registration deadline for the course is 1
September. Further information about the course can be found below. 

Best wishes, 

Sandra Quintin
Distance Learning Programme, HREA 


HREA Distance Learning Course 12T09: 
Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and International Law 
14 September-22 November 2009 
Instructor: Dr. Gerd Oberleitner 

This course is an introduction to the protection of minority rights
under international law and allows participants to explore and
critically assess the norms and institutions for the protection of
minorities and indigenous peoples which have been created over the past
half century. The course provides an introduction to the history of
minority protection before 1945 and traces the conceptual, political and
legal questions associated with and arising from the protection of
minorities, as well as the struggle over the definition of minorities.
It discusses how the rights of national, ethnic, linguistic and
religious minorities and of indigenous and tribal groups are protected
and promoted under international legal regimes - in the United Nations
and in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Participants will debate the
challenges of protecting "new" minorities (such as migrants) as opposed
to "old" (autochthonous) minorities and explore different conceptual
approaches - human rights, group rights, peoples' rights,
self-determination, autonomy and minority rights - as well as the link
between non-discrimination and minority rights. 

The course relies extensively on case studies from various regions of
the world in order to explore selected topics (such as religious and
linguistic rights, land rights of tribal communities, education and
cultural rights, the effects of climate change, participation in public
affairs, etc.). In doing so, the course analyses the contribution to the
development of minority rights and the rights of indigenous peoples
which have been made by a range of international organisations and
bodies (the UN treaty bodies, the African Commission on Human and
Peoples" Rights, the European and Inter-American Court of Human Rights,
the European Union, the OSCE and the International Labour Organization).
The case studies will also allow course participants to develop skills
in accessing and analysing "jurisprudence" on minority rights. 

The course is aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain
knowledge in the field of the minority rights and rights of indigenous
peoples, university students of international law, international
relations, politics and other areas and NGO staff members. 

A more detailed course description, further logistical information, and
online application form can be found at:

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