MINELRES: CfA: HREA e-learning course "Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and International Law", 26 April - 11 July 2010

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Sat Jan 23 09:13:22 2010

Original sender: Frank Elbers <frank.elbers@hrea.org>

Dear MINELRES-L members,

HREA is calling for applications for the distance learning course 
"Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and International Law", which 
will be offered from 26 April-11 July 2010).

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

Best wishes,

Frank Elbers
Distance Learning Programme, HREA


HREA Distance Learning Course 12T10:
Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and International Law
26 April-11 July 2010
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 Organisation). 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: 


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 defenders 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 onhuman rights litigation; human rights monitoring;
research & evaluation in the NGO sector; project development and
management; child rights progamming; human rights-based programming;
introductions to the European and United Nations human rights systems;
and human rights advocacy. Courses are offered in English, Arabic,
French, German, Russian and Spanish. 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, Transparency International, UNESCO and the University
for Peace. HREA is registered as a non-profit organisation in the
Netherlands and the USA. More information on HREA can be found at:

Frank Elbers
Distance Learning Programme
Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) - Netherlands office
Postbus 59225
1040 KE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 524 1404 | Fax: +31 20 524 1498
Web: http://www.hrea.org

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