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Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Finland Event Research Seminar on the Council of Europe Human Rights Day 4 May, 2023 The Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University welcomes you to a research seminar on civil participation in local decision-making! A day dedicated to human rights will be organised in Turku on 4 May 2023. The day focuses on the effect of Council of Europe human rights standards on human rights at the local level. As part of this day, the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University arranges a research seminar on civil participation in local decision-making, in particular on the issues affecting fundamental and human rights. The seminar will explore other forms of participation than election-related participation from both a theoretical and practical perspective, with examples from a European human rights city and the Finnish context. It will be held in English and attendance is possible either in situ or remotely via zoom. You can register and see the program using the link below.

Netherlands Institute of Human Rights ( SIM), University of Utrecht Call for Applications Deadline: 14 June, 2023 International Human Rights Law: An Introduction Course The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) will run its annual Summer School, International Human Rights Law: An Introduction, from 3 July to 7 July 2023 inclusive. The Summer School provides participants with an in-depth introduction into law and practices relating to: civil and political rights, economic and social rights, armed conflict, and regional human rights systems. The course is taught by experts based at SIM, Utrecht University, through lectures, interactive working groups, a moot, and excursion. It is attended annually by professionals and students from across the global, with an interest in gaining expertise in human rights law. Further information about the Summer School can be found using the below link.

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law American University, Washington College of Law, USA Call for Applications 2023 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Deadline: 1 April, 2023 Now is the best time to study Human Rights and Humanitarian Law! In these times of great uncertainty, human rights are at the center of multiple concerns and discussions in the global community. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law today more than ever remains firm and committed to the promotion of human rights. The Washington D.C. scene has never been so active with human rights activists and professionals working to face the increasing challenges to the rule of law here and around the world. Our annual Program gives students the opportunity to engage with some of the brightest minds in the field while expanding their knowledge of international legal matters. The Program gathers more than 150 participants from more than 25 different countries with different levels of professional experience, all in Washington D.C. for an intensive 3 weeks of full immersion into the world of human rights. In 2023 we are thrilled to offer 15 courses in English and Spanish! Whether you are looking to connect with internationally-renowned specialists and judges, or network with an array of professionals in the field, this program has everything you need to become a top contributor in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Follow the link below to apply. We look forward to receiving your application!


AHRI 2023 Conference will be hosted by the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain on September 7-9, 2023. Follow the link below to register or to submit an abstract!

AHRI Announces Collaboration with the Graphix Project. The mission of the Graphix Project (GP) is to collaborate to develop open sourced, multi-lingual human rights education materials available free to activists and partners world-wide in 2023. GP is developing an interactive online platform and a graphic history of human rights book. Through a partnership agreement, AHRI has committed to assisting GP’s human rights research and advocacy by sharing opportunities to get involved with the project amongst the AHRI Network. The GP invites AHRI member institutes and affiliated researchers to: Act as project advisors, informing final project design and implementation Contribute to data gathering over the next 6 months, as interviewers or interviewee Contribute to effective implementation by disseminating the Project findings/outputs Work with the GP team to explore scope for the project outputs (including interactive online platform) to be integrated in their educational curricula. Learn more about the Graphix Project by following the link below.

AHRI has released a statement on Russian Aggression against Ukraine. You can read the statement in English, Greek, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian using the links below.

Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, UK News The Role of Art in Keeping Civic Space Open The HRD Hub at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, recently published the first paper in a new series of working papers based on conversations that have taken place between artists, activists and academics as part of the Arctivism project. These conversations aim to explore in more detail the creative practices of collaborations between artists and activists and to better understand the role of art in activism. The paper is based on the first conversation in the series – The Role of Art in Keeping Civic Space Open – which considered how artists and activists in South Africa, Uganda and the Philippines reacted to restrictions imposed during the pandemic and pushed back against closing civic and political spaces.

HAKI Journal of Human Rights is an annual peer-reviewed academic journal that seeks to provide researchers, scholars and human rights practitioners with a platform for engaging in human rights theory, practice and advocacy. The journal’s general aim is to broaden the study and practice of human rights by fostering a critical re-examination of existing approaches from an Afrocentric perspective through discussions on themes on the universal theory and practice of human rights.The Journal invites analytically rigorous papers, articles, comments on cases, legislation, policies and book reviews pertaining to various themes in Human Rights in Kenya. For more information click the link below.

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Workshop on Universities as Sites of Activism and Protection & UNESCO Chair Launch

13- 14 March, 2023

We are delighted to invite you to a workshop on University-Civil Society Collaboration to Protect Activists and Enhance Political Space, to be hosted by the Human Rights Defender Hub, Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), University of York, on 13-14 March 2023.

Universities have much to contribute to activism and protection. They have legitimacy, status, access to knowledge and resources, and local and global networks. But universities are also elite and complex institutions, characterised by value clashes, contradictory pressures and hosting multiple actors (students, academics, management, admin staff). While not ignoring the challenges, this workshop will showcase the progressive potential of university-civil society collaborations: at the frontline of protests (Turkey, Iran); integrating activists into teaching and research to provide new forms of knowledge and support activism; and providing various forms of protection (of activists, values, and different forms of knowledge).

The event will include the launch of the UNESCO Chair in Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Expansion of Political Space, to be held at CAHR, which particularly focuses on the role of universities. A Working Paper titled Universities as Sites of Activism and Protection will be circulated in advance, and will provide a point of reference for discussions. The workshop will co-produce the first draft of an Action Plan for Universities as Sites of Protection, to outline the future work programme for the UNESCO Chair and its partners.

European Training- and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, University of Graz, Austria


Next Generation Networking Event

3 February, 2023

Are you a human rights professional in the making? Do you want to engage and connect with established human rights experts and practitioners? Then join us for our Next Generation Networking Event and learn about the realization of human rights at the local level with particular focus on public administration.  

The online networking event, taking place in the framework of the 2023 Academy and Conference: Human Rights Go Local – What works, seeks to establish a link between today’s stakeholders and tomorrow’s actors: Exchange practical knowledge of working in the broad field of human rights, discuss the realization of future perspectives and aspirations, and gain insights into professionalization opportunities in human rights at the local level – a sphere gaining ever-more importance in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and the international human rights agenda!

For whom? The event is organised for members of the next generation. Students of all disciplines, young professionals and career beginners can exchange with established human rights experts. 

When?   Friday, 3 February 2023 between 13:30 and 15:30 CET (GMT+1), exact time and schedule to be specified

Where?  Online using BigBlueButton (Links will be provided one day before the event) If you want to learn about different human rights careers at the local level, particularly those in public administration, register using the link below.