EIUC Training for International Electoral Observers (Italy)

The Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is running a two modules Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers from 18-23 April 2016.

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. EIUC will accept candidatures for each separate module or both combined.

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.

Faculty: it 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.

Methodology: the course will combine frontal lecturers in plenary, working groups as well as role plays, discussions and simulation exercises.
Training language: all courses will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently.

Module I
Dates: 18-20 April 2016
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.

Module II
Dates: 21-23 April 2016
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.
Deadline for enrolment: 1 April 2016 – Early bird 4 March 2016

For any general query about IEO training seminar you can drop an email or use the contact form
Location: Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice Lido (Italy)
Training Responsible: Demetrio Lazagna
Project Manager: Alberta Rocca

A Global Force for Human Rights? (Spain)

Workshop in Seville: ‘A global force for human rights? Assessing the EU’s comprehensive approach to human rights in crisis management and conflict’
March 11, 2016

About the workshop
The workshop will consist of two panels. The first panel will deal with the applicable regulatory frameworks regarding human rights violations in conflicts and the protection of vulnerable groups. The second panel will discuss the integration of human rights and international Humanitarian Law (IHL) and democracy/rule of law principles and tools into the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and missions and evaluating their impact on vulnerable groups.

The keynote speech is entitled “A Global Force for Human Rights? Preliminary Findings from the FRAME Project” by Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters. Speakers include Prof. Dr. Gerd Oberleitner, University of Graz/ETC Graz; Prof. Dr. Francesco Seatzu, University of Cagliari; Dr. Mikaela Heikkilä, Åbo Akademi University; Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Salmón, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Prof. Dr. Cristina Churruca, University of Deusto; Ms. Ines Thevarajah, Human Rights Focal Point at the CPCC (EEAS); and Mr. Gabino Regalado de los Cobos, Colonel, EUTM Mali.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please register with Laura Iñigo.

The programme of the workshop can be found here.

The TEU directs the Union to respect human rights whenever it conducts activities on the international scene, including EU external policies in response to conflicts and crisis situations. The promotion of human rights at the international level is one of the principal objectives of the EU´s external action (Art. 3, para. 5). This principle is formulated in Art. 21, paragraph 2 under the Union´s commitment to `define and pursue common policies and actions, and (to) work for a high degree of cooperation in all fields of international relations, in order to: … b) consolidate and support democracy, the rule of law, human rights and the principles of international law’. In the 2012 Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy and the 2015-2019 Action Plan for its implementation the EU addresses current and anticipates future challenges in the field and indicates solutions to enhance policy effectiveness and coherence, by proposing a comprehensive human rights approach to conflicts and crisis´ (third strategic area of the Action Plan).

This international conference is organised by the Research Group ‘Human Rights and Globalisation’ (SEJ055) of the University of Seville, and aims at discussing the findings of the FRAME project regarding the European Union external policies in response to conflicts and crisis situations. One of the main objectives of FRAME is to survey and analyse contemporary human rights violations especially against vulnerable groups, within the context of conflict and crisis within and among States, between and within communities and their link with historical and cultural factors.

This conference seeks to address ways to prevent and overcome violence through the critical assesment of the instruments available to the EU to integrate human rights, humanitarian law and democracy/rule of law principles in these policies with a focus on vulnerable groups in society (e.g., children, internally displaced persons and refugees).

The workshop will take place at the Law School of the University of Seville located at the Campus Pirotecnia, Av. Enramadilla 18-20, 41018, Seville (Spain).

Miami University in Ohio job ad: Diaspora Studies, Human Rights & Transnational Migration

Assistant Professor of Diaspora Studies, Human Rights, and Transnational Migration
Miami University in Ohio
Deadline: Open until filled
Date Posted: November 3, 2015
Type: Tenured, tenure track

Global and Intercultural Studies: Assistant Professor of Diaspora Studies, Human Rights, and Transnational Migration, focus on migration and mobility to teach introductory courses in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies, in addition to advanced courses in the candidates area of specialization; advise students; maintain an active research agenda; and provide service to the institution.  The successful candidate will also contribute to some of the departments other academic programs: Asian/Asian-American Studies; American Studies; Black World Studies; Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies; International Studies; and Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Required:  Ph.D. in one of the following: anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, gender studies, history, geography, literary studies, political science, philosophy, religion, interdisciplinary areas or related field by December 31, 2016 for re-appointment to second year. Strong candidates will be scholars with interdisciplinary teaching and research interests in the global forces and frameworks undergirding migration and mobility. Strong candidates also will be scholars whose work engages transnational and diaspora studies broadly defined, with an emphasis on the ways in which race, ethnicity, and/or gender have shaped the conditions of human migration, displacement, and settlement and impacted human rights issues. We encourage applicants whose interests intersect with the study of migration and mobility in historical or contemporary perspective from any number of angles, including (but not limited to) slavery, human trafficking, immigration, as well as the study of migration and refugees. We welcome details about how the applicant will contribute to the Global & Intercultural Studies Department and its co-major. Submit letter of interest and cv via email.  Additional materials (letters of reference, writing sample, teaching philosophy) will be requested at a later date. Direct inquiries to Dr. Jana Braziel

<span style=”font-size: small;”>Screening of applications begins November 30, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.  

<span style=”font-size: small;”>With a student body of over 15,000 undergraduate and 2,250 graduate students at its Oxford campus, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. Graduate programs complement and enhance the undergraduate educational experience. Our unwavering commitment to teaching and learning is demonstrated in the University’s record of exceptional retention and graduation rates, and their consistently strong and engaged alumni community. Miami University serves the citizens of the state of Ohio, as well as a regional and increasingly national and international constituency. Miami’s main campus is in Oxford, 35 miles north of Cincinnati, with two regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown, the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, Ohio, and the Miami University Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg.

PRISMA Human Rights Photo Contest

Photo ContestThe Global Campus of Master’s Programmes and Diplomas in Human Rights and Democratisation invites photographers, professional and amateurs, from any part of the world to submit their work to PRISMA – Human Rights Photo Contest.

On 11 September 2015, an exhibition with the selected images, along with photographs by the special guest photographer Rena Effendi, will open in Venice, during the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, at the Monastery of San Nicolò, the premises of EIUC, the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation.

The day of the exhibition’s opening will be marked by an event with live music and talks on the theme “Freedom” and the connection between art, photography, cultural production, media and human rights.

The goal of PRISMA is to complement academic research with other media of knowledge, such as photography, to reach a wider international public and foster a better understanding of human rights issues and their protection. PRISMA aims to become an annual event, and to create a network of artists, intellectuals and professionals interested in strengthening the protection of human rights and the promotion of democracy and peace.

The theme for the 2015 edition is “Freedom”. The value of Freedom is at the very core of the concept of human rights: freedom from oppression, freedom of speech and belief, freedom from fear, freedom of thought and freedom of opinion. The images submitted for the photo competition should illustrate the relevance of “Freedom” as a fundamental human right and the importance of defending it.

You can submit your photo by registering on the website of PRISMA, entries submitted by e-mail or regular post will not be accepted. The entry period is from the 1 May to the 30 June 2015. Entries will be evaluated by a jury on the basis of subject, originality, artistic merit and style. There is no entrance fee.

Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management (Pisa, Italy)

Call for Applications for the XIV Edition of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy)- 2016

Applications shall be submitted online at www.humanrights.sssup.it
Applications for admission by non EU citizens shall be sent no later than July 2, 2015 (1st round of selection) or September 17, 2015 (2nd round of selection)
Applications for admission by EU citizens shall be sent no later than October 15, 2015

The Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management is designed to provide students from different cultures and backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between human rights and conflict management theory and practice. The curriculum, strongly field oriented, prepares participants for working with NGOs, governments, aid agencies, the UN system and regional organisations, also operating in the context of complex emergencies and joint operations.

The Programme is divided into two didactic modules, running between mid January and the end of July 2016, followed by an internship or field experience of min. 3 and max. 6 months, starting from August 2016, and a presentation of the students’ final dissertation in spring 2017.

Key features:
1 year post-graduate professionalizing and field-oriented programme
*Interdisciplinary nature of the programme with a methodology characterized by a combination of theory and practice
*Lecturers and trainers chosen among high level academics, diplomats, international organizations officers and NGOs activists, thus offering a wealth of both academic and field expertise
*Mandatory internship/field experience in leading organisations working in the areas of human rights protection/promotion, conflict prevention/resolution, humanitarian assistance or development, either in the field or at Headquarters
*Career service with specific sessions on career coaching and recruiting session with UNV
*International and multicultural student environment

Why should I apply?
You should apply if you are looking for a professionalizing and mission/field-oriented international master programme, as offered by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, an example of academic excellence in training and research. If your training needs include practical skills, besides relevant theoretical knowledge, as well as internship/field-experience with prestigious international organizations, this training programme is highly relevant for you.

The curriculum is strongly multidisciplinary and field oriented and includes courses in: International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, Geopolitics, HRs philosophical dimension, Economic Development, Theories and Techniques of Conflict Management, International PK and PB operations, International HR Field operations, International Election Observation missions, International Humanitarian operations, International Project Development, Personal security, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine & First Aid, Essentials of Research and Writing, Career coaching.

The internship is meant to supplement the in-class training with a relevant hand-on experience, to be carried out with a renowned organization working in the areas of human rights protection/promotion, conflict prevention/resolution, humanitarian assistance or development, either in the field or at headquarters.

Tuition fee:
The tuition fee for the full Programme is 7.500,00 euros, payable in two installments. It covers the following: attendance costs and participation to field trips, didactic material (in electronic format), tutorship, lunch (on class and exam days), access to all facilities of the Scuola (including library and computer rooms). It does not include accommodation costs in Pisa and during the internship, nor travel expenses.

The Master Programme offers one scholarship in memory of Gualtiero Fulcheri – former UN Assistant Secretary General – covering the full tuition fee and to be awarded to the most deserving applicant. Depending on financial availability, reduced tuition fee might be offered to citizens from non-OECD countries who are eligible for a study visa for Italy .

For further details, download the brochure, visit the website, or contact:
Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Via Cardinale Maffi, 27 56126 Pisa – ITALY
E-mail: humanrights@sssup.it
Tel. +39 050 882653
Fax +39 050 882665

UNESCO Links Cultural Diversity to Human Rights


On 31 March, 2015, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova took part in a round table on the theme “Human Rights and the Protection of Cultural Diversity,” held at the University of Geneva, with the participation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UNESCO Special Envoy for Intercultural Dialogue, Metin Arditi and author, psychoanalyst and university professor, Julia Kristeva.

Bokova emphasized that “cultural diversity is an expression of human rights – the persecution of minorities, religious and ethnic, and the looting and pillage of cultural heritage are part of a deliberate global strategy to eradicate history and memory, the identities and the existence of these peoples and communities, and, through them, the cultural diversity that is our common heritage.”

Arditi highlighted that “the destruction of cultural heritage is but a symptom of the destruction of the Other,” noting that “the West is living through an unprecedented intellectual crisis – we need to restore the humanities at the heart of our societies, as the cradle of ideas and intellectuals for the future. Universities have a historic responsibility here, to prepare society for its own transformation and to help people understand and live together.”

All speakers stressed the importance of teaching about religions through the humanities, as areas of knowledge and understanding, as well as debate and discussion — “in order for beliefs to not become the sole possession of fanatics and extremists.”

The General-Director concluded on the key role of education for global citizenship, as promoted by UNESCO, including education for human rights as the mainstay, stressing the need for cultural literacy and development of intercultural competences to make the most of contemporary multicultural societies and the challenges of living together.

See the original article for further details.

Venice Academy of Human Rights: (Dis)Integration through Human Rights

The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 6-15 July 2015. The theme of this year’s academy is ‘(Dis)Integration through Human Rights: Citizens, Courts, Communities’.
Online applications are accepted until 3 May 2015.
The Academy offers an “early bird” registration with a reduced participation fee until 15 March 2015.

Faculty of the Venice Academy 2015
Distinguished Opening Lecture: Albie Sachs, Former Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
General Course: Will Kymlicka, Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen’s University
Armin v. Bogdandy, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
Andreas Føllesdal, Professor of Political Philosophy at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and Director of the Norwegian Centre of Excellence PluriCourts for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo
Marc Weller, Professor of International Law and International Constitutional Studies and Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge
Marlene Wind, EURECO Professor and Director of the Centre for European Politics, University of Copenhagen

You can view the detailed programme here.

Key Facts
Participants: Academics, practitioners, PhD/JSD and master students
Type of courses: Lectures, seminars, workshops and discussion sessions
Number of hours: up to 35 hours of courses
Location: Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice – Lido, Italy
Fees: 500 EUR (early bird registration until 15 March), 600 EUR (16 March – 3 May 2015)

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.

EIUC Researcher for Project “Frame” job ad (Venice)

JUNIOR RESEARCHER for the PROJECT “FRAME” (Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies)

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is an inter-disciplinary centre of excellence supported by the EU, aiming at pursuing the continued promotion of human rights and democratisation through education, specialised training, and research cooperation. With reference to its research activities, EIUC is looking to appoint a highly qualified individual to participate in the unique large scale FP7 research project “FRAME” involving 20 universities in the EU and worldwide on the topic of human rights in EU external relations and internal policies.

Functions and tasks
The FRAME Junior Researcher will work as a member of the research unit dedicated to the FRAME project. He/she will work under the supervision of the EIUC Secretary General and FRAME Senior Researcher, and with a team composed of other researchers.

The FRAME Junior Researcher will have to conduct research aiming at:
· Contributing to the further elaboration and improvement of the created theoretical framework assessing EU policy tools for the integration of human rights considerations in internal and external policies;
· Examining the potential for adapted or new policy tools in order to increase effectiveness and/or consistency of policies;
· Contributing to the development together with a team – based on the results of FRAME’s research as conducted by all research teams involved – a policy toolbox to be used by EU policy makers and integrating existing, adapted and new policy tools in order to enhance human rights protection within the EU and in third countries,
· Contributing to and participating in the FRAME-related dissemination and educational activities.

The FRAME Junior Researcher should be in the process of completing his/her doctoral dissertation or possess a Doctoral degree (PhD/JSD) in law or political science/international relations (or other relevant subjects to FRAME’s context) from a leading university with outstanding grades;

In addition, the FRAME Junior Researcher should possess and demonstrate the following:
· Clear interest and expertise in European Union law and politics, human rights and international organisations law and practice, and in particular instruments of the EU internal human rights policy,
· Openness to interdisciplinary research, excellent analytical skills as demonstrated by writing samples, and ability to summarize and present large amount of information in an intelligent way;
· Ability to organise your own research activities while working as part of a research team, and to handle different tasks at the same time while keeping strict deadlines;
· Native level of English (working language of the project);
· Excellent and culturally sensitive communication and diplomatic skills;
· Efficient use of the standard Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint),

The FRAME Junior Researcher will be required to take up the position on 1 September 2015 and finishing on 30 September 2016 (with the possibility of renewal subject to performance until the end of the project duration – 30 April 2017). The gross salary will depend on qualifications and seniority.

Workplace: Venice. Other locations may be considered upon condition of travelling to Venice when required.

Please send a cover letter, details of referees, and detailed curriculum vitae to the FRAME Senior Researcher Karolina Podstawa, and in CC to the EIUC Senior Project Manager Elisabetta Noli by 19 April 2015

EIUC job ad: E.MA. Programme Director (Italy)

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is seeking a qualified individual for the position of E.MA Programme Director for the academic year 2015/2016. The position, which is being posted at the level of university professor or senior researcher, involves a combination of teaching, organisation, and various academic and practical responsibilities connected with the E.MA programme. Working under the instructions of the E.MA and EIUC governing bodies and in cooperation with the EIUC Secretary General, the candidate selected will assume primary responsibility for the academic coordination of the E.MA programme and the E.MA secretariat a.y. 2015/16. He or she will furthermore be involved in the development of new academic and research-based activities in the context of the EIUC.

Functions and tasks
The E.MA Programme Director will work as member of the permanent EIUC staff, based in Venice – the Lido. Tasks will include the following:

To coordinate the advanced planning of the E.MA programme;
To oversee in the daily management of the E.MA programme – including the first semester field trip, which in recent years has been going to Kosovo – with a view to maintaining the excellent standards and academic coherence of the first semester courses;
To establish advance contact with academic responsibles, lecturers and experts, and assist the academic responsibles and other lecturers in carrying out the scientific and educational programme;
To supervise and coordinate Teaching Assistants in the performance of their tasks;
To supervise  the work of the E.MA secretariat
To supervise the internship programme and the fellowship programme
To organise and teach seminars introducing one of the core disciplines (law, political science, international relations) of the E.MA programme;
To set up and lead working groups and workshops incorporated in the academic programme;
To oversee the assessment of student assignments;
To exercise a proactive role in identifying and rectifying problems of an academic nature;
To take a proactive role in the development of additional academic activities in the context of the EIUC; this may include initiating and facilitating research collaboration, academic publication, and the organisation of training courses, seminars and conferences.

Doctorate in a relevant discipline (e.g. law, political science, international relations), teaching experience, good publication record, team-working ability, administrative experience. Excellent knowledge of English.

The selected candidate will be expected to take up the position no later than beginning of September 2015. Salary negotiable, depending on qualifications. Deadline for sending applications is March 15th, 2015.

Please send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae in English to Florence Benoit-Rohmer, EIUC Secretary General, Monastery of San Nicolò, Riviera San Nicolò 26, Venezia-Lido 30126, Italy, by email  and in cc to Claudia Zanchi.

Global Campus of Human Rights (Italy)

Late announcement: On Monday, 28 July, EIUC will hold a one-day event aimed at raising awareness of the Global Campus and fostering debate on some of the main issues connected with the human rights of migrants. In this regard, the event will bring into focus the UN Migrant Workers Convention.

The conference, to be held at the EIUC premises in the Monastery of San Nicolò in Lido-Venezia, will feature some of the leading experts on the Convention, including academics affiliated with universities within the network of the Global Campus regional master’s programmes. It will be attended by students from all of the regional master’s programmes and will consist of lectures, panel discussions and breakout sessions where participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm on overcoming obstacles to ratification of the UN Migrant Workers Convention. The Convention is one of the ten core international human rights instruments, but since it was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1990 it has been ratified by just 47 States.

Further information about the event is available here.

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