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Summer schools > International Human Rights Law

This summer school offers participants the opportunity to follow an intensive programme of university-level study in international human rights law within in the beautiful surroundings of New College, Oxford. The programme was established by the University of Oxford and George Washington University Law School in 1995 and around 1200 students and practitioners from all over the world have attended the summer school since that time.

Over four weeks, faculty, participants and invited guests create an international camp where key contemporary challenges to the protection of human rights and dignity are placed into focus. The residential nature of the course allows participants to immerse themselves in the topic and create lasting connections with faculty and peers. This intensive programme explores the international and regional human rights law and enforcement machinery and a range of challenges to the protection of human rights. The programme places a particularly strong focus on the enforcement of law in practice.

The programme is taught by an internationally recognised faculty combining both academic and practical experience. The course offerings focus on the theory and practice of international human rights law and include an introductory course in the fundamentals of international human rights law, an advanced course in human rights advocacy and electives that address important contemporary issues in the field. The programme also includes a human rights film series, key note honorary lectures, a careers panel and a number of social events.

If you would like to support human rights defenders who would not be able to attend the programme due to financial restrictions, please consider donating to the International Human Right Law Summer School Bursary Fund. This fund has been set up to provide the opportunity, by way of a bursary, for grass roots human rights defenders working in the most challenging areas of the world to take part in the transformative learning experience offered at Oxford on the Joint Summer Programme in International Human Rights Law and build their capacity to address serious human rights violations at the grass roots level. 

The next session will run from 13 July to 9 August 2014 but please note that admissions are now closed. If you would be interested in attending the 2015 programme, please email iphumrts@conted.ox.ac.uk inserting 'IHRL SS' into the subject line and we will add you to our mailing list.

We hope you will find the programme of interest and if you have further questions please contact us.

Dr Nazila Ghanea (Co-director, University of Oxford)
Dr Andrew Shacknove (Co-director, University of Oxford)
Dean Susan Karamanian (Co-director, George Washington University)

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