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


Our courses are designed for lawyers, university students, human rights activists, journalists, NGO members and anyone else with an interest in human rights. Please read on for a general overview of our courses.

See below for details about our next training course.




Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ), is an independent, international, non-governmental organization.  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 organizes Human Rights Training Courses.


About the Training Course


Human rights lie at the core of each 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 practical component.

Amongst other subjects, the theoretical part includes 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 provides 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 UN activities.



The practical component of the training typically includes attending  meetings and sessions of human rights mechanisms 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 focuses 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 encompass 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 regard to the Human Rights Council, trainees learn the procedures for preparing, submitting and delivering written and oral statements. For the Universal Periodic Review and the Treaty Bodies, participants are 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 help ensure that their organization’s issues and concerns are addressed by States. 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 all 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. 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, journalist (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 and tailored aspects of a course. Fees typically cover the training itself and related materials (see the box below for details).

Participants are responsible for all personal costs to attend the training including, but not limited to, travel arrangements, accommodation, board and medical insurance.

Next Human Rights Training Course:

When: 16 - 20 March 2020

Where: Geneva, Switzerland

Language(s): English 

Fee: € 1300

  • Fee covers: lectures, training material, certificate, fees for off-site visits, and two coffee breaks during training days


Registration Information




If you are interested in participating in a training course, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Training” + the month and year of the training in the subject line (for example: "Training - March 2020"). 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

 We look forward to seeing you at a future human rights training course!


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