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The Academy is proud to announce the launch of its Human Rights Diploma, a 6-month interdisciplinary academic programme which aims to provide human rights practitioners working in the Arab region with an advanced training and learning experience in human rights theory and practice. Currently, there are a number of institutions providing human rights education and capacity-building programmes across the Arab world, including in Egypt, Tunisia, and Jordan. The AHRA’s proposed e-learning course attempts to complement these efforts but stands out due to its mission to build a bridge between the academic community in the UK and Europe and human rights practitioners working on the ground in Arab countries, including NGOs, university law faculties, governments, and the police and judiciary. Moreover, unlike existing training courses, which focus on connecting human rights practitioners in the Arab world with each other, this programme intends to provide participants with a UK-accredited Diploma in human rights law that will enable them to apply their knowledge both at home and abroad, thereby widening their network.

Since many human rights practitioners do not have the time and resources to attend academic courses in international law, our goal is to provide an opportunity to a group of ambitious and dedicated human rights practitioners who are committed to advocating and promoting human rights in their societies. The curriculum of the proposed course will be interdisciplinary; engaging with human rights issues from legal, sociological, anthropological, and political perspectives. The AHRA’s Diploma is also the first of its kind it can be submitted in English or Arabic, depending on the preference and capacity of the participant.

Via this distance programme, we hope to be able to build a bridge between the academic community in the UK and groups and individuals in the Arab world. The curriculum of this course treats human rights issues from a variety of legal, sociological, anthropological and political perspectives. It also merges academic and professional components. The programme combines live session with distinguished professors from the UK and activists in the field, online readings and exams, and private tutoring.

An outline of the course content is provided below:

– Week 1 and 2: Mapping the International Human Rights System
– Week 3: Human Rights and International Relations
– Week 4: Human Rights and Cultural Relativism 1: Introducing the Debate
– Week 5: Reading Week
– Week 6: Human Rights and Cultural Relativism 2: Women’s Rights
– Week 7: Human Rights and Cultural Relativism 3: Religious Freedom
– Week 8: The Jurisprudence of Human Rights Organs: Freedom of Expression
– Week 9: The Jurisprudence of Human Rights Organs: Economic and Social
– Week 10: Human Rights Advocacy: Domestic Litigation
– Week 11: Human Rights in the Arab World: A Case Study
– Week 12, and 13: Conflict and Human Rights
– Week 14 and 15: Human Rights and Constitution-Drafting
– Week 16: Reading Week
– Week 17: Human Rights in Practice: International Peace Building
– Week 18: Migrant and Refugee Rights
– Week 19: Human Rights and Natural Resources: Peace or Conflict?
– Week 20: Presentation of Research Projects

If you are interested in finding out more information or would like to apply to undertake this challenging but rewarding programme, and are dedicated to making a contribution to the human rights discourse in your country, you can apply to become a trainee.

Registration will open soon.

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