International Electoral Observers Training (Italy)

Applied ICDInternational Electoral Observers (IEO) – Training by European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). March 19-24, 2018 (Italy).

Open and legitimate elections are at the basis of both sustainable development and effective democracy. Actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a major role in sustaining peace, security and conflict prevention. This support takes the form of electoral assistance projects and election observation missions, all activities that requires skilled and trained observers.

THE PROGRAMME

The aim of the training seminar is to deepen the theoretical and practical expertise on election observation missions in providing participants with practical skills which will be an asset in case of further applications as international observers.

Starting with a thorough introduction on the international observation theory and legal standards, the course will analyse the practical life of a short term observer from the selection procedure to the end of the mission including the observation of the polls, the filling of the forms, the reporting system and the code of conduct. The methodology will combine frontal lecturers in plenary, working groups as well as role plays, discussions and simulation exercises. Participants will also be introduced to the long-term election observation by analysing in depth some of the aspects related to an international observation mission such as working relations, interviewing techniques, media and security.

Deadline early bird enrolment: 25 January 2018
Registration deadline: 15 February 2018
Course dates19-24 March 2018
Venue: EIUC premises in Venice Lido at the Monastery of San Nicolò.

Fundamental Rights Strategic Litigation Training (Italy)

Applied ICDEIUC is glad to announce the launch of ACTIONES (the multi-stakeholder training session of the EU funded ACTIONES project) open to representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), Equality Bodies (EBs); judges; public officials; individual litigants.

Fundamental Rights Strategic Litigation à la Carte in the EU ACTIONES Multi-Stakeholder Training

This is the final multi-stakeholder training session of the EU funded ACTIONES project, which targets legal professionals with the aim to explore potential of the Charter of Fundamental Rights as the basis of the strategic litigation. The training puts a specific emphasis on the dynamically growing area of illegal migration and asylum.

THE PROGRAMME

The 3-days training is organised around three main areas. The role of the different actors before, during and after litigation, the role of the different instances at the regional and international levels, and the policy implications of strategic litigation; strategic litigation on the basis of selected fundamental rights protected by the EU Charter, such as non-discrimination, consumer protection, environmental rights; highlights of best practices and challenges from own practice. Case studies on procedural issues relating to public interest litigation will be analysed and the learning will be closed by a simulation exercise.

THE PARTNERS

ACTIONES is coordinated by the European University Institute Centre for Judicial Cooperation and involves the following 16 partner institutions: Association of European Administrative Judges, College of Europe, Croatian Judicial Academy, Estonian Supreme Court, EIUC, National Association of the Romanian Bars, Polish National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution, Romanian National Institute of Magistracy, Slovenian Judicial training Centre, Spanish General Council for the Judiciary, University of Amsterdam, University of Ljubjana, University of Parma, University of Pompeu Fabra, University of Uppsala, Italian School for the Magistracy.

Registration deadline: 1 August 2017
Course dates: 16-18 October 2017

Venue: EIUC premises in Venice Lido at the Monastery of San Nicolò Admission requirements: Eligible are representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), Equality Bodies (EBs); judges; public officials; individual litigants.

Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy

Study AbroadThe Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly organised by EIUC and CHRA. The 7-day intense programme is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy. The School provides a unique occasion for participants to share ideas and foster critical thinking on urgent human rights issues, debate with experts and filmmakers in conjunction with the 74th Venice international Film Festival, and learn how to use visual media as a tool for social and cultural change. Participants will be given accreditation to the Film Festival providing access to a selection of festival screenings.

THE PROGRAMME: The Summer School offers an exciting combination of lectures, film screenings, discussions and working groups that combine human rights expertise, media studies and video advocacy strategies. The eight teaching sessions develop issues relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights illustrated in Films, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Role of the Media in Advancing Human Rights Causes, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, Production and Distribution of Human Rights Films and Social Documentaries and Documentary Film Project Development. Each module is illustrated by film or documentary screenings.

LECTURERS AND EXPERTS: The faculty is composed by internationally acclaimed experts in film, television, photography and human rights such as the photographer and filmmaker Nick Danziger, Professor of international law at Middlesex University in London Bill Schabas, Dartmouth Films Founder and Managing Director Christopher Hird, EIUC Secretary General Manfred Nowak, Chair of International Law – University of Antwerp Koen de Feyeter, Witness Programme Manager Kelly Matheson, and Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Birkbeck – University of London Emma Sandon.

Dates: 28 August – 3 September 2017
Early bird deadline: 15 May 2017 // Deadline for enrolment: 21 June 2017

Venice Academy of Human Rights 2017

Applied ICDThe European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation’s Venice Academy of Human Rights is accepting applications for its summer program. Please have a look at the call for applications and the detailed program on their website.

Key Facts
Theme: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities
Dates: Monday, 3 July – Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Application Deadline: 14 May 2017
Faculty: Branko Milanović (opening lecture), Olivier De Schutter (general course), Wilfried Altzinger, Andreas Føllesdal, Dzidek Kędzia, Miloon Kothari, Manfred Nowak, Kate Pickett, Heisoo Shin
Participants: Academics, practitioners, PhD/JSD and master students
Type of courses: Lectures, seminars, discussion sessions and panel presentations
Number of hours: 34 hours
Venue: EIUC, Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice – Lido, Italy

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities
Instead of “the end of history”, we have lived through a major financial crisis, including a debt crisis in Europe that is far from over, and we are currently witnessing threats to democratic governance both from outside and from within the democratic system. Whether these are only temporary setbacks in the global spread of liberal democracy and neoliberal capitalism has to been seen. However, it is reason to pause and reconsider the prospects for economic and social justice against the background of rising inequalities in the world.

The Venice Academy of Human Rights 2017, in co-operation with PluriCourts – Centre of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, looks at these developments from an interdisciplinary perspective that combines law, economics, politics and sociology. Lectures and seminars by the distinguished faculty discuss the question what role do human rights play in enabling and promoting social justice. Are human rights an effective tool for the promotion of economic and social equality? Do human rights impose limits to privatization of particular goods and services? How do human rights enable a just economic and social order? These are but some of the questions that participants of the Academy will discuss in an intense programme over ten days next summer.

Venice Academy of Human Rights
The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).

The Academy offers interdisciplinary thematic programmes open to academics, practitioners, doctoral and master students with an advanced knowledge of human rights. Participants attend morning lectures, participate in discussion sessions and workshops and can exchange views, ideas and arguments with leading international scholars and experts. This includes the opportunity for a number of participants to present and discuss their own “work in progress” such as drafts of articles, chapters of books or doctoral theses and receive comments from faculty members and peers.

At the end of the programme, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance issued by the Venice Academy of Human Rights.

MOOC: Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Migration

The Global Campus on Regional Masters continues the development of its Open Learning Series with a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Migration. The course will be released on 15 May 2017. Enrolment opens on 15 April 2017 and is completely free.

For women and girls, cross-border movement is often compounded by many challenges such as sexual and gender-based violence, psychosocial stress and trauma, and all forms of exploitation, including trafficking. Addressing the root causes of forced and economic migration and ensuring that the human rights of women and girls are protected throughout the migration process are essential steps towards a stronger recognition of their equal dignity. This MOOC provides participants with knowledge, multiple perspectives and examples of practices in a field that is at the crossroads of gender, migration and human rights studies.

All the way through cross-border movements of people, gender is an important factor in many respects: it might determine causes and consequences of migration, impact on asylum procedures, and be a key factor in human rights violations. This is particularly true for refugee and migrant women and girls who remain overall the group most affected by gender-based violence (GBV). Drawing from expertise and examples at the global and regional level, this MOOC offers a multidisciplinary and multifaceted overview of standards, developments, challenges and opportunities in this area of human rights protection.

Course Dates: 15 May – 10 July 2017
Commitment: 5 hours/week
Requirements: participation in 6 weekly discussions and completion of 2 quizzes

The course is open to upper year undergraduates; postgraduates; NGO activists and practitioners interested in interdisciplinary human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment, migration; young lawyers and social scientists; active and motivated citizens from around the world.

At the end of the course, participants who have successfully completed all the requirements will receive a certificate confirming their participation.

Venice School of Human Rights/Academy of Human Rights 2017 (Italy)

Venice School of Human Rights
9-17 June 2017

European InterUniversity Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) Venice School of Human Rights was born in 2010 with the goal of studying today’s challenges in the field of human rights. It allows its participants coming from all over the world to list these challenges and examine their reasons and possible solutions they can deploy. The EIUC Venice School at the same time, combines theory and practice and its faculty involves both academics and practitioners. The Venice School intends to highlight that the respect for human rights is the responsibility of all, that «Human Rights are our responsibility».

Courses are scheduled to take place in Venice at the premises of EIUC over a period of 9 days. The venue of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation is the graceful Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò, situated on the lagoon side of the Lido of Venice. The Monastery was founded in the 11th century and transformed into a Renaissance cloister in the 16th century. After the suppression of the Benedictine order in 1770, the monastery was re-opened by Franciscan monks for educational purposes.


Venice Academy of Human Rights
3 – 12 July 2017

The Venice Academy of Human Rights is a centre of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It hosts distinguished experts to promote critical and useful research,
innovation and exchange of current knowledge. The theme Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities discusses the prospects for economic and social justice against the background of rising inequalities in the
world. Are human rights an effective tool for the promotion of economic and social equality? Do human rights impose limits to privatization of particular goods and services? How do human rights enable a just economic and social order? These are but some of the questions that participants of the Academy will discuss in an intense programme over ten days this summer.

Branko Milanović, Visiting Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center City University of New York and a LIS Senior Scholar, is going to deliver the opening lecture of the Venice Academy of Human Rights.
Olivier De Schutter, Professor at the University of Louvain (UCL) and at SciencesPo (Paris), will deliver the general course.

Type of courses: Lectures, seminars, discussion sessions and panel presentations
Number of hours: 34 hours
Venue: Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice Lido, Italy

EIUC Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers 2017 (Italy)

Training seminar for International Electoral Observers

Admissions to the two, three-day, modules (20-22 March 2017 and 23-25 March 2017) of the Training seminar for International Electoral Observers are open until 12 February 2017.

Open and legitimate elections are the indispensable foundation for sustainable development and an effective democracy. Actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a major role in sustaining peace, security and conflict prevention. Support takes the form of electoral assistance projects and election observation missions. This requires skilled and trained observers.

Target: The two modules are devoted to those applicants with no experience in election observation or to those observers who have participated to a maximum of two missions as short term observers. 

Eligibility: Lectures are conceived for an audience of graduates mainly in Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar who want to address international election observation from a multi-disciplinary approach that will be useful in further engagements on the field. 

Training language: all courses will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently.

 

EIUC Training for International Electoral Observers (Italy)

Training seminar for International Electoral Observers

Admissions to the two, three-day, modules (20-22 March 2017 and 23-25 March 2017) of the Training seminar for International Electoral Observers are open until 12 February 2017, early bird 22 January 2017.
Location: Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice Lido (Italy)

Open and legitimate elections are the indispensable foundation for sustainable development and an effective democracy. Actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a major role in sustaining peace, security and conflict prevention. Support takes the form of electoral assistance projects and election observation missions. This requires skilled and trained observers.
Target: The two modules are devoted to those applicants with no experience in election observation or to those observers who have participated to a maximum of two missions as short term observers.

Eligibility: Lectures are conceived for an audience of graduates mainly in Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar who want to address international election observation from a multi-disciplinary approach that will be useful in further engagements on the field.

Training language: all courses will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently.

Enroll by 22 January 2017 to receive a 10% discount

EIUC Training for International Electoral Observers

EIUC training seminar for International Electoral Observers is now ready to accept candidatures.

EIUC has developed two three-day modules aiming at providing training to civilian staff in election observation missions at the first steps of their career (i.e. short term observers). Selected applicants will be allowed to become aware of the role, the tasks and the status of international observers, and will be given a theoretical and practical training on election observation and election observation missions functioning.

The first module (7 – 9 November 2016) will highlight the quantitative observation of the STOs. Starting with a thorough introduction on the international observation theory and legal standards the first module will analyse the practical life of a short term observer from the selection procedure to the end of mission including the observation of the polls, the filling of the forms, the reporting system and the code of the conduct. The methodology will combine frontal lecturers in plenary, working groups as well as role plays, discussions and simulation exercises.

The second module (10 – 12 November 2016) is principally intended as a complementary step for those participants who have already attended the first module. EIUC will nevertheless also accept candidatures from first time applicants to EIUC’s trainings seminars. The second module will introduce the participants to the long-term election observation by analysing in depth some of the aspects related to an international observation mission such as working relations, interviewing techniques, media and security.

EIUC will accept candidatures for each separate module or both combined. Applicants will therefore have a possibility to choose the module which is more closely related to their interests and experience or combine the two of them for a more complete understanding of the topic.

The faculty is composed by well-known international trainers and professionals with a long standing practical experience in election observation missions within international organisations such as the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The deadline for sending applications is 7 October 2016 through the online application form.

For further enquiries please contact EIUC at: training.ieo[at]eiuc.org

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Masters in Democratic Governance (Venice)

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) and its partner univeristies Birzeit University (Palestine), Saint Joseph University (Lebanon), International University of Rabat (Morocco) and Ca’ Foscari University (Italy) are proud to present to you the second edition of the Master in Democratic Governance – Democracy and Human Rights in the Mena Region (DE.MA), starting in September 2016.

DE.MA is a multidisciplinary curriculum offering courses in law, political science, sociology and other fields relevant to the study of democratic governance and Human Rights. Open to professionals and graduates, it will combine a theoretical and practical approach and it will deliver a professional Master’s degree (60 ECTS) from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. The first semester from mid/late September 2016 until January 2017 is held at the EIUC premises in Venice and the second one from February to May 2017 takes place in one of the partner universities in the Master’s Consortium. Thesis defence and graduation ceremony are in July 2017.

This is meant to play an active role in the ongoing debate about the principles underpinning the transition of political regimes to democracy. It aims at:
•Creating high-profile experts in the fields of democratic governance and the protection of human rights, allowing them to act as promoters of a process leading to the affirmation of the democratic principles;
•Fostering the creation of an élite group of people committed to the promotion of democratic institutions;
•Building a network of experts to be active in political institutions, in national and international, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the Region.

Interested? Here are the practicalities:
Deadline: 30 June 2016
Language: English, (knowledge of French and Arabic recommended)
Teaching method: Face to face teaching

TUITION FEES: 4.000.00 euro.
TUITION WAIVERS/SCHOLARSHIPS: EIUC offers financial support in the form of a partial contribution towards living expenses and/or a full or partial tuition waiver. This type of financial support is awarded to a limited number of students on the basis of academic achievement, need and geographical distribution.

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