Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ), is organising Human Rights Training Courses on International Law and Human Rights Mechanism.

This course is designed for Lawyers, university students, human rights activists, journalists and NGO members. Lectures will be in English. During the course, participants will – by attending part of the Human Rights Council Session – have the opportunity to follow the discussions on the human rights situations in different countries, including Syria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Ukraine, and Belarus, as well as on different human rights topics such as peaceful assembly and association, right to education, internally displaced persons, migrants, and women’s rights.



Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ), is and independent, international, non-governmental organisation.  Headquartered in Geneva, 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 strongly agrees with the United Nations’ acknowledgement of the “fundamental importance of human rights education and training in contributing to the promotion, protection and effective realization of all human rights.” It is in following with this belief and its desire to empower young professionals and human rights activities to get engaged in the protection and promotion of human rights that GICJ organises Human Rights Training Courses.


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 will include a theoretical and practical component.

Amongst other subjects, the theoretical part will include information on human rights; the UN, its history, bodies and mechanisms, including the Office of the High

Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council; and the Treaty Bodies. The training course will provide participants with a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the workings of the UN system, as well as the role of Civil Society in the  UN activities.



The practical component of the training will include attending the meetings and sessions and depending on the length of the training, may include taking part in the organization and execution of a side-event. An integral part of the training will focus on teaching participants how civil society contributes and interacts with the UN and its bodies. The main focus throughout the training will be the Human Rights Mechanisms, which encompasses the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review, the Treaty Bodies and the Special Procedures.

With regards to the Human Rights Council sessions, trainees will learn the procedures for preparing, submitting and delivering written and oral statements. For the Universal Periodic Review and the Treaty Bodies, participants will be taught how civil society can submit information to be included in the reports for these sessions, as well as how to lobby Member States to ensure that their organization’s issues and concerns are addressed by States in their recommendations. Participants will also learn how to interact and work with the Special Procedures, which are an invaluable instrument to the work of GICJ and all civil society.


Who can participate?



The training course is open to those who have an interest in human rights, the United Nations and its human rights bodies, as well as in the role of civil society within these bodies. Whether you are a student, recent graduate, a professional, or just someone who wants to learn more about these topics, this training will provide you with useful and valuable knowledge. (Whether you are a student, recent graduate, NGO, human rights activist, lawyer, university professor, judge, diplomat, or any other professional, or just someone who wants to learn more about these topics).


Certificate of Completion

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

Training Session Costs
Training fees vary depending on the duration of the course. Participants will be responsible for all expenses related to the training including, but not limited to travel arrangement, accommodation, board and medical insurance.

Registration Information



If you are interested in participating in the training course, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Human Rights Training” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but early applications are encouraged. The email must include:

o    First/given name(s) as it appears on passport,
o    Last/family name(s) as it appears on passport,
o    Date and place of birth,
o    Current activity/work,
o    Education, field of study,
o    Nationality,
o    Current place of residence.

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