Intensive Course

We are Offering an Unique, Intensive Introduction to Effective Protection of Human Rights

The Edelstam Institute’s educational programs offers theory, -practice, and –discussion interaction in order to benefit from the participants’ experience, but also to get a more hands-on knowledge on how to work in times of human crisis, and how diplomacy and the civil society can interact faster when crimes and violations of human rights arise. Further, we offer tools to an application of international human rights law and how to apply a long-term perspective regarding these issues; how to monitor and report to governments and its agencies, media, civil society and the UN.

Target Audience

This course is designed for governmental representatives and diplomats interested in bridging their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge on human rights, Responsibility to Protect, and international affairs.

The course will be held with a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 participants. 

Course Content

The course is taught during three days with the help of organizers from the Edelstam Institute together with four relevant facilitators.

Day I:

  • Introduction: Presentation of the participants, the course team, the programme, its objective and its methodology, the course rules and logistics.
  • Introduction to United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) 1948, and the two main instruments, approved in 1966: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights ICESCR).
  • Case-study, interactive working-group.
  • Analysis from a multidisciplinary perspective on human rights.
  • Philosophical and ethical theories and discussions regarding human rights.

Day II:

  • Introduction to the work of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, the UN Council of Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteurs, the different Committees, and the ECOSOC.
  • Introduction to the main reports from the Special Rapporteurs. Report analysis and strategy development.
  • Basic regulation of international law on human rights and measures to safeguard and guarantee human rights.

Day III:

Introduction to the Conventions on:

  • Women
  • Children
  • Migrants
  • Refugees
  • Asylum
  • Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Apartheid
  • Torture
  • Indigenous population
  • Disabled persons
  • Protection against enforced disappearance
  • Stateless persons
  • Traffic of human beings
  • Slavery
  • Prevention of crimes against internationally protected persons including diplomatic     agents.
  • Human rights in relation to the concept of state, states’ duties, and with regard to political or factual powers, media, civil society, NGOs, international organizations, and democratic processes.

Course Readings

Relevant readings will be distributed via e-mail prior to the course in order for the participants to prepare in advance.


Download – General Program Overview [PDF]