GICJ Training Course - 24 June to 12 July 2019

Join the upcoming human rights training of Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ) to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the workings of the UN system and human rights mechanisms. 

The next course will take place in Geneva between 24 June to 12 July 2019.

The training course is open to all who have an interest in human rights and UN human rights mechanisms, including international civil servants, government officials, diplomats, judges, lawyers, NGO members and staff, parliamentarians, and students.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend the Human Rights Council to follow discussions on timely human rights situations, meet with key human rights actors to understand how human rights are monitored and enforced, and discuss a range of human rights issues with fellow participants.

As Human rights lie at the core of the training course, but the training also brings together a diverse array of subjects relevant to human rights and their integration into diplomacy, international and multilateral relations. The training includes both a theoretical and a practical component.

The theoretical component allows participants to learn in-depth about the UN and its bodies focusing primarily on the human rights mechanisms (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review, Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures); and the procedures by which civil society engages with the UN human rights system.

The practical component of the training provides an opportunity to attend meetings of the Human Rights Council and related events. Participants will follow the examination of human rights situations in different countries, as well as discussions on various human rights topics such as freedom of expression, summary executions, migrants, trafficking, business and human rights, and women’s rights. Participants will learn how to prepare, submit and deliver written and oral statements for the Human Rights Council, as well as written submissions for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies.

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Join the Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ) for its upcoming human rights training in Geneva to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the workings of the UN system and human rights mechanisms.

The next course will take place during the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council, 24 June – 12 July 2019.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend the Human Rights Council to follow discussions on timely human rights situations, meet with key human rights actors to understand how human rights are monitored and enforced, and discuss a range of human rights issues with fellow participants. The training course is open to all who have an interest in human rights and UN human rights mechanisms, including international civil servants, government officials, diplomats, judges, lawyers, NGO members and staff, parliamentarians, and students.

About GICJ

Geneva International Centre for Justice is an independent, international, non-governmental organization.  Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the United Nations serves as a central mechanism for much of GICJ’s work. GICJ actively participates in UN meetings, including Human Rights Council (HRC) sessions. GICJ has been conducting human rights training for several years, including in partnership with other major organizations such as the International Court of Justice, the UN Development Programme, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

About the Training Course

Human rights lie at the core of the training course, but the training also brings together a diverse array of subjects relevant to human rights and their integration into diplomacy, international and multilateral relations. The training includes both a theoretical and a practical component.

The theoretical component allows participants to learn in-depth about international human rights law; the UN, its history, bodies and mechanisms focusing primarily on the human rights mechanisms (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review, Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures); and the procedures by which civil society engages with the UN human rights system.

The practical component of the training provides an opportunity to attend meetings of the Human Rights Council and related events. Participants will follow the examination of human rights situations in different countries, including Syria, Myanmar, Burundi, Venezuela, Israel, and Palestine, as well as discussions on various human rights topics such as freedom of expression, summary executions, migrants, trafficking, business and human rights, and women’s rights. Participants will learn how to prepare, submit and deliver written and oral statements for the Human Rights Council, as well as written submissions for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and Treaty Bodies. Participants also learn how to interact and work with the Special Procedures, which are invaluable to the work of GICJ and all of civil society.

Course Options and Program

The training course will be ongoing during the entire three weeks of the Human Rights Council session. However, participants have the option of choosing one, two or all three weeks of the training. Below is a tentative program laying out the content for each week.

WEEK ONE

•    Theory: Extensive learning on human rights law and the function of human rights mechanisms, especially the Human Rights Council, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Special Procedures, and Treaty Bodies.

•    Practical: Attend meetings of the Human Rights Council on topics including freedom of expression, summary executions, migrants, human trafficking, and violence and discrimination against women.

•    Visit: Orientation and tour of the UN Office at Geneva

WEEK TWO

•    Theory: Understanding the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and Working Groups covering various issues (e.g., business and human rights), and discussions on several prominent human rights issues, including racism and the right to development.

•    Practical: Attend meetings of the Human Rights Council on topics including business and human rights, and the independence of judges and lawyers; plus, observe the adoption of UPR reports for various countries.

•    Visit: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

WEEK THREE

•    Theory: Examination of the various ways the Human Rights Council addresses country-based issues, including special procedures and standing agenda items, along with the debates and controversy surrounding these approaches.

•    Practical: Attend Human Rights Council discussions on the topics of racism and racial discrimination; observe the Council’s debates on various country situations, such as Israel, Palestine, Congo, Central African Republic and Sudan; gain insight into diplomatic relations during the adoption of resolutions.

•    Visit: International Committee for the Red Cross, including a guided tour of the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

(NOTE: The timing of meeting topics is subject to minor change based on the Council’s program of work.)

 

Certificate of Completion

 

All successful participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from GICJ.

Cost and Registration

Cost for the training is based on the number of weeks attended. For more details or to register for this training course, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Training- June 2019” in the subject line.

Deadline for registration is 10 June 2019. Early applications are encouraged.

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