Human rights law and policy

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In cooperation with Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, USA

Course date

10 July - 14 July, 2017
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Rupert Skilbeck

Open Society Justice Initiative, London, United Kingdom
Course Faculty: 

Betsy Apple

Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, United States of America

Svetlana Bezinyan

Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, United States of America

Toby Collis

Open Society Justice Initiative, London, United Kingdom

Simon Cox

Open Society Justice Initiative, London, United Kingdom

Liliana Gamboa

Open Society Justice Initiative, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic

James Goldston

Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, United States of America

Daniela Ikawa

ESCR-Net, New York, United States of America

Maxwell Kadiri

Open Society Initiative for West Africa, Abuja, Nigeria

Ostalinda Maya Ovalle

Open Society Justice Initiative, Budapest, Hungary

Mercedes Melon

Open Society Justice Initiative, London, United Kingdom

Irmina Pacho

Criminal Justice Cluster, Open Society Justice Initiative, Open Society Foundations, Budapest, Hungary

Alpha Sesay

Open Society Justice Initiative, Washington DC, United States of America

Juliana Vengoechea

Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, United States of America
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.