Law, Public health, Social science

OSF logoIn cooperation with Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Institute

Course date

11 July - 22 July, 2011
Application deadline:
15 February, 2011
Course Director(s): 

Desmond Cohen

Open Society Global Drug Policy Program
Course Faculty: 

Damon Barrett

Harm Reduction International, UK

David Bewley-Taylor

School of Arts and Humanities, University of Swansea, UK

Balazs Denes

European Civil Liberties Project, Open Society Foundations, Budapest, Hungary

Krzysztof Krajewski

Department of Criminology, Jagellonian University, Krakov, Poland

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

Open Society Global Drug Policy Program, Warsaw, Poland

Daniel Mejia

Department of Economics, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Wiktor Osiatynski

Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

The course aims to situate drug policies globally within a framework of fundamental human rights, and to assess the extent to which country and international drug policies fail to meet human rights standards. Discussion will focus partly on the identification and understanding of human rights including those that have their basis in international agreements and laws, and in part on evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementation of drug policies in many countries and regions. The focus of the course will be global and participants will be drawn from all regions internationally.

A mix of teaching modes will be used and faculty are encouraged to minimise the use of formal lectures. Emphasis will be on discussion and interactive learning with maximal use of written and non-written materials. There exist considerable amounts of audio-visual media and these will be extensively used as a basis for group discussion. Time will be allocated for personal reading and participants will be encouraged to interact personally with faculty so as to deepen understanding of the issues. Site visits and discussions with civil society organisations and groups will be a feature of the programme of activities.

All those attending the course will be provided by CEU with a Certificate of Attendance. Opportunities will also be provided during the course for personal discussions with Faculty. It is intended that further work after the conclusion of the course be encouraged both in respect of research and programme analysis and development. Course faculty will be prepared to provide follow up assistance through personal agreement with students.