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Child Rights and Development (12 July – 22 August, 2017)

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Note: This course is also offered as part of the Professional Development Diploma on Sustainable Development and Human Rights.

Course Description

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) envisages a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity; a world which invests in its children and in which every child grows up free from violence and exploitation; a world in which every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed. A just, equitable, tolerant, open and socially inclusive world in which, the needs of the most vulnerable are met.

The first eighteen years of a child’s life encompass a wide range of capacities and vulnerabilities. ‘Children’ in any society, constitute the most vulnerable group who need a nurturing environment and protection for the full realization of their rights and capabilities. Children are critical agents of change and they are a responsibility of the family, society as much as that of the state. Comprehending the need for a consistent and harmonized approach, international agencies and national governments have developed and implemented a variety of child development and child protection measures.

This e-learning course focuses on child rights and child protection issues, which will look closely at the entire gamut of international legal framework on the rights of children and protection of children with a particular focus on child rights violations and remedies globally. The course will explore legal, humanitarian, development and other strategies for understanding and advancing the human rights of children. The course is based on a dynamic pedagogy including reading materials, video clips, case studies, and interactive webinars with the instructor.

Course outline

  • Week 1: Human Rights of Children: Introduction, Definitions and Conceptual Frameworks
  • Week 2: International and Regional Legal Framework on Child Rights
  • Week 3: Vulnerabilities of Children and Violation of Child Rights
  • Week 4: Gender Based Exploitation and Discrimination, and Protecting Children in Disaster and Emergency Situations
  • Week 5: Children and the Justice System
  • Week 6: Enforcement and Monitoring of Children’s Rights

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of civil society organisations and (inter)governmental organisations involved in the fields of child rights promotion, protection of children from sexual exploitation and trafficking, criminal justice, gender equality, development work, human rights, education, health etc. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

About the Instructor

Dr. Geeta Sekhon (India) is presently a consultant for the United Nations. She is also a visiting faculty at the UPEACE Human Rights Centre since 2013, where she instructs courses on ‘Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation’, ‘Trafficking in Persons’ and ‘Child Rights and Development’. She is a legal professional specializing in Rights of Children. Her thesis on – ‘Child Sexual Abuse: A Comparative Study of the Law and Legal Procedures in India and Western Countries’ earned her a Doctorate in Law from the University of Delhi, India. She also has a Post Graduate Degree in Law (LL. M) in Constitutional Law and Human Rights. She commenced her professional career in 1992 in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Branch of the Indian Navy and subsequently joined academics and taught graduate and post-graduate students of law. She was a visiting faculty in several countries in South Asia. Since 2007 she has been associated with the UN and has performed multifarious tasks as a Project Coordinator and as a Consultant with extensive professional experience in the South Asia and South East Asia region on issues related to Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons. She has authored multiple documents on the two subjects.

Course Fee

For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 600. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 200.

For Certificate and 2 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 2 academic credits is USD 1100.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.

Payment

Payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant. If you choose the credit card option, you may notice that we receive slightly less than what you send. That is because the credit card company charges a percentage of the amount for its services. We will not charge you for the bank or credit card company’s deductions.

If you wish to make the payment by credit card, please go to https://payments.upeace.org/hrc/

Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:

Universidad para la Paz
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ and IBAN: CR5715109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

Protection of Refugees (28 June – 08 August, 2017)

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This course can be taken as stand-alone, or as part of the Diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement.

Course Description

This certificate course introduces learners to the international and regional systems for protection of refugees. Issues concerning international protection of refugees have undergone a sea change from the 1950s when the international instruments for protection of this vulnerable group of persons was first adopted. The contemporary world order poses serious challenges to their protection, beginning with identifying refugees within mixed migratory flows, inadequate national policies by states to protect them, their incompatibilities with international law, the challenges to durable solutions, the role of international organisations like the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), issues of xenophobia and security in host countries amongst various other issues.

This e-learning course is designed to provide a comprehensive picture to participants on what the international system for the protection of refugees is from the international and regional perspective, what are their needs and available legal protections, which are the relevant actors involved in their protection and what are the challenges facing today’s refugees and host countries. The course also analyses the regional systems protection with the help of selected case studies. The course is based on a dynamic pedagogy including reading materials, video clips, case studies, and interactive webinars with the instructor as well as officials of UNHCR.

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Contemporary international framework for refugee protection
  • Week 2: Refugee Status Determination and the role of UNHCR
  • Week 3: Durable Solutions
  • Week 4: Protection of refugees, gender and rights of the child
  • Week 5: International and Regional legal mechanisms for protection
  • Week 6: Contemporary challenges to protection of refugees

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of NGOs and government agencies advocating for and working on the protection of refugees, staff of inter-governmental agencies and others interested in these issues. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

About the Instructor

Dr. Mihir Kanade (India) is the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre and is also the Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. His principal area of academic research and study is Human Rights and Globalization, covering several themes within that interface including trade and investment, sustainable development, forced migration, indigenous peoples’ rights, public health, amongst others. He has extensive experience in training staff of inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as professionals, in the field of human rights. He acts as an advisor to several human rights organizations and corporations on issues related to human rights and international law. He is also an adjunct faculty at Universidad Alfonso XI El Sabio (Spain), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal), and Long Island University (United States). He has a LL.B from Nagpur University (India) and a Masters degree and PhD from UPEACE. Prior to his pursuit in academia, Mihir practiced for six years as a lawyer in the Bombay High Court and in the Supreme Court of India, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations. He has also taught several professional certificate online course on the protection of refugees and stateless persons.

Course Fee

For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 600. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 200.

For Certificate and 2 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 2 academic credits is USD 1100.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.

Payment

Payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant. If you choose the credit card option, you may notice that we receive slightly less than what you send. That is because the credit card company charges a percentage of the amount for its services. We will not charge you for the bank or credit card company’s deductions.

If you wish to make the payment by credit card, please go to https://payments.upeace.org/hrc/

Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:

Universidad para la Paz
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ and IBAN: CR5715109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

Cultural Rights and Development: Realities of Globalization in the Andes (25 Sep to 3 Nov 2017)

Hybrid Course (E-Learning + Field Experience in Peru)

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Credit: Ashli Akins

Cultural Rights and Development: Realities of Globalization in the Andes (Sep 25, 2017 – Nov 3, 2017)

Applications now open!

Deadline May 1, 2017

The Human Rights Centre of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace, in collaboration with Mosqoy, our civil society partner, is jointly offering a unique opportunity that provides a hands-on hybrid learning experience (e-learning + field) on the linkages between cultural rights and development based on the realities of globalization in the Andes. Mosqoy is a grassroots organization that has been working for the past decade with marginalized Indigenous communities in the Cusco region of the Andean mountains of Peru.

This exciting new hybrid e-learning and field course will critically examine gender, development, and cultural rights, especially in the face of globalization and change. The course will look at the discrepancies between these rights in theory and practice, focusing on how they translate into the realities of the Quechua people.

The first 4 weeks of the course will be conducted online on the Virtual Platform of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre. This portion of the course will include an in-depth study of economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights in Latin America, highlighting cultural and development rights.

The second portion of the course will consist of a 2-week immersion field study based in Cusco, Peru, where participants will travel to remote communities of the Andean mountains to reflect upon and critically examine the implementation of development theories, as well as explore community perspectives on the fulfillment of these rights. The field portion of the course will be co-guided and co-facilitated by Mosqoy’s alumni (young Quechua professionals), and will feature guest lectures by local Quechua human rights and social justice professionals, as well as community dialogue sessions with local leaders from women-led artisan cooperatives.

Participants will have the opportunity to get off the beaten tourist tracks, visiting Indigenous weaving communities and remote populations, to engage in local dialogues regarding sustainable development, and gender, cultural, and economic rights. A component of this course will critically reflect on participants’ positionality, exploring their complex roles as consumers and travellers, and as non-neutral stakeholders in the globalization conversation. There will be opportunities during the field course for participants to actively participate as agents for change, contributing positively to innovative community-based solutions.

E-Learning Course: September 25 – October 20 (4 weeks)

Field Course: October 23 – November 3 (2 weeks)

WHO SHOULD APPLY

The course is intended for staff members of civil society organizations and (inter)governmental organizations involved in the promotion of human rights, Indigenous peoples’ rights, social justice, gender and development, social inclusion, and responsible management. The course is also intended for staff members of (international) development agencies, academics, and others interested in related areas. Graduate and post-graduate students with specific research interests in these areas are also encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high computer literacy and Internet competency. All students are required to complete the field component of the course. UPEACE Human Rights Centre and Mosqoy are committed to mainstreaming rights of persons with special needs. Applicants should, however, note that the field component will require hiking to remote villages and staying in rural areas with few amenities. Participants should be reasonably physically fit and able to hike in mountainous terrain. However, with prior notice, exceptions can be accommodated for those with special needs and unable to hike but otherwise wish to participate in the field portion.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course and related experience. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by May 15, 2017. A limited number of seats are available, and a waiting list will be developed.

COURSE FEES

Fee for taking this certificate course: USD $3425.

Excludes airfare, personal travel insurance, airport fees. Includes online course and field portion of course, including all ground transportation, food, accommodation, and other services.

Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost for 2 academic credits is an additional USD $500.

Proceeds from this field course directly support Mosqoy’s community-based charitable programs to promote gender equity, and educational, cultural, and development rights in the Peruvian Andes.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

All payments will be made after acceptance is confirmed. Fees will be paid to Mosqoy through their Paypal system. Information regarding this process will be delivered upon receipt of acceptance.

PAYMENT TIMELINE

June 1, 2017: Deposit of USD $1000

July 1, 2017: Final payment of USD $2425

SCHOLARSHIPS

As this is the pilot year of this course, we unfortunately do not have the funding to offer scholarships. However, we would like to be able to offer seats to exceptional young professionals in these fields who are economically disadvantaged and/or student-visionaries who face intersectional discrimination. Therefore, we are currently seeking sponsors who are interested in partially or fully funding a scholarship student. Please contact us at admissions@hrc.upeace.org, with the subject line “Scholarship for Hybrid Peru Course” if you are interested in learning more about how to offer a scholarship to a deserving student in need.

INSTRUCTOR & FACILITATOR

Ashli Akins, Course Instructor

Ashli Akins is a human rights advocate, artist, and social entrepreneur. When she was 21, she founded Mosqoy, an international charitable organization that works with highland Indigenous communities of the Andean mountains in Peru to mitigate the adverse effects of unsustainable tourism and development by providing economic opportunities that nurture their threatened Indigenous culture. Mosqoy is now 11 years old and is a strong force for marginalized youth and weavers in the Cusco region. For the past decade, Ashli acted as Mosqoy’s Executive Director, and now advises the charity’s operations as President of its Board of Directors.

Ashli is one of Canada’s top doctoral candidates, ranked in the top five as a recipient of the competitive Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Her PhD in interdisciplinary studies with the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia is supervised by former National Geographic explorer-in-residence Dr. Wade Davis (Anthropology) and Dr. Kai Chan (Public Policy & Global Affairs; Institute for Resources, Environment, & Sustainability).

In 2014, Ashli graduated from the University of Oxford with a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law. She previously attended the University of Victoria, where she received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, Latin American studies, and professional writing. She was recently honoured as one of UVic’s top 50 alumni in history who have made a difference in the world.

Ashli uses photography and writing to educate about international human rights and environmental injustices. In 2008, she completed a photography internship with National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and has published and exhibited around the world. Ashli has been honoured with dozens of awards, and has given hundreds of lectures and presentations globally, including two recent TedX talks.

Ashli has led culturally responsible and community-based tours in Peru, through Mosqoy Field School and as the Program Leader for Rustic Pathways’ Critical Issues Program, La Niña Andina, focusing on women’s rights and gender equality in the Andes. She also served as a Canadian Federation of University Women delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2016. Over the past decade, she has worked as a researcher and advocate for human rights in Peru, Guatemala, New Zealand, and Canada, with specific attention to Indigenous rights, intangible cultural heritage, cultural property law, gender equality, sustainable development, and resource rights.

Reanna McMillan, Course Facilitator

Reanna McMillan has a degree in anthropology and Hispanic Studies from the University of Victoria and a master’s degree in environment, development and peace with a specialization in natural resource management from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace. She has over a decade of international development experience, including fieldwork focusing on community development and social inclusion in Peru, Canada, Honduras, and Costa Rica.

Reanna has been working with Mosqoy for seven years and, during this time, has worn many hats. She acted as the T’ikary Youth Program Manager, based at its Cusco headquarters in 2010. Since, she began the preliminary development and field research to launch the Mosqoy Field School in 2014, and is currently a member-at-large on Mosqoy’s Board of Directors.

Reanna served as the Aboriginal Engagement Facilitator for Tera Environmental Consultancy, working in remote communities of northern British Columbia, where she ensured engagement with Indigenous stakeholders during environmental assessments, including documenting socioeconomic information and traditional ecological knowledge, and advocating on behalf of communities to bring concerns relating to energy resource developments.

Reanna worked at the International Affairs Department at the Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock in Costa Rica, and recently as Project Officer for the Human Rights Centre of the University for Peace. She is currently working for the Ministry of Environment, in British Columbia, Canada, as a Community Resource Technologist, bridging communication between the provincial government and Indigenous and rural communities.

Find more information on Mosqoy, please visit their website at www.mosqoy.org or check out their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mosqoy.

Business, Human Rights, and Development (10 May – 20 June, 2017)

Note: This course is also offered as part of the Professional Development Diploma on Sustainable Development and Human Rights.

Course Description

This certificate course offered by the Human Rights Center of the University for Peace will provide participants with a comprehensive outlook on the interface between business, development, and human rights. Business corporations have always been, some may argue even before the advent of the nation-state system, important drivers of economic growth. At the same time, businesses have also often been accused of engaging in activities which may lead to violations of human rights of different stakeholders. This has enabled strong critiques of their role in the overall development process. This e-learning course will critically examine this business-development-human rights nexus with a particular focus on case studies from around the world. Several questions such as the human rights obligations of businesses, the manner in which human rights are affected by businesses including during armed conflicts, the specific linkages with the right to environment and labour rights and the ever elusive solution for accountability will be examined. We will also look at the idea of corporate social responsibility within the right to development debate. A major part of the course will be devoted to an analysis of the successes and challenges of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which were endorsed by the Human Rights Council of UN in 2011. Participants will also learn the tools for conducting human rights and stakeholder identification and designing due diligence policies.

The course is based on a dynamic pedagogy including reading materials, video clips, case studies, and interactive webinars with the instructor.

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Human rights obligations of businesses as non-state actors
  • Week 2: Business, human rights, and armed conflicts
  • Week 3: Business and social issues: the environment and labour standards
  • Week 4: The sustainable development nexus: business, corporate social responsibility and human rights
  • Week 5: The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Week 6: Practical tools for ensuring corporate responsibility to respect human rights

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of (inter) governmental and civil society organisations involved in investment, trade and business related social issues, corporate social responsibility practitioners, practitioners in the field of development, business leaders, trade unionists, academics and others interested in the human rights performance of companies. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

About the Instructor

Dr. Mihir Kanade (India) is the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre and is also the Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. His principal area of academic research and study is Human Rights and Globalization, covering several themes within that interface including trade and investment, sustainable development, forced migration, indigenous peoples’ rights, public health, amongst others. He has extensive experience in training staff of inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as professionals, in the field of human rights. He acts as an advisor to several human rights organizations and corporations on issues related to human rights and international law. He is also an adjunct faculty at Universidad Alfonso XI El Sabio (Spain), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal), and Long Island University (United States). He has a LL.B from Nagpur University (India) and a Masters degree and PhD from UPEACE. Prior to his pursuit in academia, Mihir practiced for six years as a lawyer in the Bombay High Court and in the Supreme Court of India, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations.

Course Fee

For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 600. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 200.

For Certificate and 2 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 2 academic credits is USD 1100.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.

Payment

Payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant. If you choose the credit card option, you may notice that we receive slightly less than what you send. That is because the credit card company charges a percentage of the amount for its services. We will not charge you for the bank or credit card company’s deductions.

If you wish to make the payment by credit card, please go to https://payments.upeace.org/hrc/

Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:

Universidad para la Paz
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ and IBAN: CR5715109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

Trafficking in Persons (26 April – 06 June, 2017)

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This course can be taken as stand-alone, or as part of the Diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement.

Course Description

Trafficking in Persons (TIP) is a global human rights violation that constitutes a contemporary form of slavery.  It has acquired alarming proportions generating profits of billions of dollars annually, an organized trade in which women and girls are particularly vulnerable.  This course is designed to introduce participants to the different manifestations of trafficking, and to examine the broad spectrum of issues related to trafficking from an international and regional legal framework perspective. The course is oriented towards a human rights based approach to TIP and the recognition of the trafficked person as a ‘victim of crime’.  Special emphasis will be given to developing an understanding of the measures taken to protect human rights of the trafficked persons.

While the course primarily focuses on commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking for forced prostitution, trafficking for other purposes will also be fully addressed. Such practices include forced labour, the exploitation of immigrant females for domestic services, removal and sale of human organs, the sale of children for irregular inter-country adoption, and the sale of wives legalized by national / transnational marriages.

The course will lay special emphasis on all aspects of Prevention of TIP, Protection of trafficking victims and Prosecution of offenders. Critical challenges and appropriate responses to issues ranging from Rescue of the trafficked victims to comprehensive Integration into their families / society would also be examined.

The course will also look closely at diverse contemporary debates surrounding complexity of human trafficking, especially sex – work and trafficking in women; legalizing prostitution as a means of protecting women against trafficking; migration within and across national borders and trafficking in women; the relationship between supply and demand in diverse forms of trafficking and the impact of economic boycotts and sanctions in addressing trafficking in the supply chain.

The course will finally examine the roles of government, law enforcement, the international community, civil society and individual actors in addressing the problem and will conclude with strategies and ‘good practices’ that have proven effective in different parts of the world. Strong emphasis will be placed throughout the course not only on theory and legal frameworks, but also on case studies resourced globally.

Course Outline

Week 1:   Introduction to Trafficking in Persons: Clarifying Concepts, Dimensions and    Different Forms of Human Trafficking

This week will contain study of topics (inter alia) such as – meaning of TIP; meaning of different terminologies (e.g. ‘victim’ vis-à-vis ‘survivor’); conceptual difference between TIP and Smuggling of Migrants; clarifying difference between TIP and prostitution; myths and realities surrounding prostitution; different types of TIP; magnitude and incidence; root causes of human trafficking; push and pull factors; supply and demand theories; organized crime networks and its impact on TIP; etc.

Week 2:    International and Regional Anti – Trafficking Legal Frameworks

This week will contain study of topics (inter alia) such as – all International (UN + ILO) Protocols / Treaties / Conventions pertaining to Human Trafficking and Trafficking in Children; UN Model Law on TIP; Regional Frameworks from Europe, South Asia, South East Asia, Africa, etc.

Week 3:  The 3 P’s Approach to Combat Trafficking in Persons: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution

This week will contain study of topics (inter alia) such as – UN Trafficking Protocol and the 3 P’s approach to deal with TIP; details of the 3 P’s; rights of victims of trafficking; successful case studies on all the 3 P’s as ‘good practices’.

Week 4:   ‘Rescue – Rehabilitation – Repatriation – Integration’ of Trafficked Victims: Critical Challenges and Responses

This week will contain study of topics (inter alia) such as – in depth discussion of all strategies from rescue of victim to integration into family / society (RRRI – acronym used by UNICEF); challenges at each of the 4 stages for law enforcement, government and other stakeholders and the appropriate responses; successful case studies globally as ‘good practices’.

Week 5:    Trafficking in Persons: Debates and Critiques

This week will contain study of topics (inter alia) such as sex – work and trafficking in women; legalizing prostitution as a means of protecting women against trafficking; migration within and across national borders and trafficking in women; the relationship between supply and demand in diverse forms of trafficking and the impact of economic boycotts and sanctions in addressing trafficking in the supply chain).

Week 6:  Multi Disciplinary Response to Trafficking in Persons: Role of Government, Law Enforcement, Non – Governmental Organizations, International Community and Others

This week will contain study of topics (inter alia) such as – role / duties/ responsibilities of all relevant stakeholders in a multi – disciplinary and multi – stakeholder approach to combat TIP; why fragmented approaches do not succeed and why is an integrated response to combat human trafficking required.

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for criminal justice practitioners, staff members of civil society organizations and (inter)governmental organizations involved in combating trafficking in persons, staff members of (international) development agencies, academics and others interested in the human rights of trafficked victims. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

About the Instructor

Dr. Geeta Sekhon (India) is presently a consultant for the United Nations. She is a legal professional specializing in Rights of Children. Her thesis on – ‘Child Sexual Abuse: A Comparative Study of the Law and Legal Procedures in India and Western Countries’ earned her a Doctorate in Law from the University of Delhi, India. She also has a Post Graduate Degree in Law (LL. M) in Constitutional Law and Human Rights. She commenced her professional career in 1992 in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Branch of the Indian Navy and subsequently joined academics and taught graduate and post-graduate students of law. She was a visiting faculty in several countries in South Asia. Since 2007 she has been associated with the UN and has performed multifarious tasks as a Project Coordinator and as a Consultant with extensive professional experience in the South Asia and South East Asia region on issues related to Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons. She has authored multiple documents on the two subjects.

Course Fee

For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 600. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 200.

For Certificate and 2 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 2 academic credits is USD 1100.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.

Payment

Payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant. If you choose the credit card option, you may notice that we receive slightly less than what you send. That is because the credit card company charges a percentage of the amount for its services. We will not charge you for the bank or credit card company’s deductions.

If you wish to make the payment by credit card, please go to https://payments.upeace.org/hrc/

Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:

Universidad para la Paz
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ and IBAN: CR5715109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

Development and Human Rights (15 March – 25 April, 2017)

Note: This course is also offered as part of the Professional Development Diploma on Sustainable Development and Human Rights.

Admissions are Open!

Course Description

This certificate course offered by the Human Rights Center of the University for Peace introduces participants to the major themes and debates concerning the relationship between human rights and development. The course begins with an examination of the different conceptions of ‘development’, including its evolution in theory, policy and practice, and its linkages with human rights. Participants analyze the concept of human right to development, which treats development itself as a human right and not just a process which leads to improvement in human rights. The doctrinal and policy implications of adopting a ‘human rights based approach to development’, and the related ‘right to development approach’, are discussed along with what such approaches mean, and what are the tools to implement them in the field. Participants will also explore the new streams of critique that have enabled a confluence as well as a questioning of the human rights-development linkages. These include a critical analysis of the successes and failures of the UN Millennium Development Goals from a human rights perspective, and the implications for the new post-2015 Sustainability Development Goals. The role of strategic litigation in achieving the right to development, whether using that terminology or not, is then looked at with the help of case studies from around the world. Impacts of big projects on indigenous communities is specifically inquired into. In the latter part of the course, selected current issues in the human rights-development interface that are salient from a policy perspective will be examined, including the role of trade, finance, investment, development aid, and aid for trade.

The course is based on a dynamic pedagogy including reading materials, video clips, case studies, and interactive webinars with the instructor.

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Conceptions of human rights and development
  • Week 2: The human right to development
  • Week 3: The post-2015 Sustainability Development Goals and Human Rights
  • Week 4: Rule of Law and Development
  • Week 5: Role of trade, finance and investment in development
  • Week 6: Development aid, aid for trade, and human rights

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of development organisations, including development NGOs and UN specialised agencies, as well as others interested in learning more about human rights based approaches to development in theory and practice. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

About the Instructor

Mihir Kanade is the Director of the Human Rights Center at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) and is a faculty member in the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. Prior to the present position, Mihir practiced for several years as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations. He holds a LL.B. from Nagpur University and a Masters degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from UPEACE. He has served extensively as a legal advisor to many human rights organizations and has represented them before different courts and tribunals in criminal, constitutional, asylum, human rights and labour cases. He has taught several specialized courses on Development and Human Rights to different professional stakeholders over the last five years, including trade ministries, UNDP staff, development NGOs, as well as graduate students. His current area of academic research is Globalization and Human Rights, with a very heavy focus on the right to development.

Course Fee

For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 600. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 200.

For Certificate and 2 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 2 academic credits is USD 1100.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.

Payment

Payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant. If you choose the credit card option, you may notice that we receive slightly less than what you send. That is because the credit card company charges a percentage of the amount for its services. We will not charge you for the bank or credit card company’s deductions.

If you wish to make the payment by credit card, please go to https://payments.upeace.org/hrc/

Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:

Universidad para la Paz
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ and IBAN: CR5715109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

Forced Migration and Human Rights (1 March – 11 April, 2017)

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This course can be taken as stand-alone, or as part of the Diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement.

Admissions are Open!

Course Description

This course introduces participants to the diverse, yet interlinked, issues related to the trans-boundary movement of people and how this affects human rights. It starts off by exploring the notion of ‘forced migration’, and distinguishing it from various other notions that are used to refer to the phenomenon of trans-boundary movement of people. In particular, it looks at how different people have different access to other states. Is there a right to be allowed into an other state? If so, under what conditions? The course then moves on to look at the specific regimes protecting, in varying degrees, different groups of vulnerable people. First, it gives an overview of the international law of refugee protection. Second, it looks at how human rights apply, or not, in the case of undocumented migrants. Third, it covers the protection of victims of human trafficking and the policies in place against the smuggling of people. Fourth, it considers whether migrants in general are entitled to enjoy specific social rights. Finally, it takes a closer look at the human rights dimension of border control, in particular in cases where people die in their attempts to reach the countries of their destination.

The course is designed both as a stand-alone specialized course on Forced Migration and its human rights linkages, but also as a key course of the Diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement.

Course Outline

Week One: Defining Forced Migration: Entry, Stay, Expulsion, & Deportation

Week Two: International Refugees

Week Three: Undocumented Migrants

Week Four: Human Trafficking & Smuggling

Week Five: Social Rights of Migrants

Week Six: The Human Costs of Border Control​

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of civil society organizations and (inter)governmental organizations involved in forced migration and human rights issues, including human trafficking and smuggling, protection of refugees and stateless persons, immigration, protection of internally displaced persons etc. The course is also intended for staff members of (international) development agencies, academics and others interested in the aforesaid areas. (Post)Graduate students with specific research interests in these areas are also encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

About the Instructor

Dr. Juan M. Amaya-Castro, Associate Professor at the University for Peace, studied international legal studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and defended his Ph.D. dissertation (on Human Rights and the Critiques of the Public-Private Distinction) at the Free University of Amsterdam, where he was also a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the field of migration and law. He has taught at Utrecht University and at Erasmus University Rotterdam and was a visiting researcher and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School. He has published on various aspects of international law and human rights and is currently also on the Board of Consultants of SUR—Revista Internacional de Derechos Humanos/International Journal on Human Rights and in the Editorial Board of Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal. He has been working at UPEACE on and off as visiting and as regular faculty since 2003.

Course Fee

For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 600. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 200.

For Certificate and 2 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 2 academic credits is USD 1100.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.

Payment

Payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant. If you choose the credit card option, you may notice that we receive slightly less than what you send. That is because the credit card company charges a percentage of the amount for its services. We will not charge you for the bank or credit card company’s deductions.

If you wish to make the payment by credit card, please go to https://payments.upeace.org/hrc/

Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:

Universidad para la Paz
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ and IBAN: CR5715109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

Protection of Human Rights in the Contemporary World: Practices, Challenges and Prospects (18 Jan to 21 Mar, 2017)

Course Description

The experience of the ‘scourge of war’ during and in the immediate aftermath of World War II brought about a new international recognition and focus to the rights of human beings. Today, there are several international treaties guaranteeing a wide range of human rights. International and regional mechanisms to monitor and enforce compliance of human rights have proliferated. Despite these efforts, we continue to live in a world where human rights are rampantly abused at all levels. Contemporary global events have in fact led to a significant rise in xenophobia and racism, which are in turn posing challenges to the universality of international human rights norms. Today, like never before, there is an amplified need for professionals from all spheres of life to not only understand and mainstream human rights into their activities and policies, but also to be prepared to meet the growing challenges posed by current and emerging global issues.

This 9 week specialized certificate course consciously adopts a contemporary focus for unpacking the diverse dimensions of international human rights law, practice and advocacy. It begins with a juxtaposition of human rights in theory and in practice, and situates the very concept on a spectrum of competing approaches adopted by contemporary thinkers. Having thus set the tone for a critical and realistic analysis of contemporary human rights issues, the course examines the notion of universality of human rights with the use of case studies from recent global events. Participants will thereafter analyze human rights norms encompassed within the two International Covenants viz. on Civil and Political Rights, and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and after critically evaluating the falsity of these distinctions in their applicability to the modern globalized world, will also examine specific challenges to their implementation. The course will further analyze human rights in the context of lived realities of women, before moving on to examining challenges to the protection of vulnerable groups and persons such as children, forced migrants, and indigenous persons, as well as the politicization of collective rights. Finally, participants will discuss and debate on challenges to the enforcement and compliance of human rights as well as the role of civil society and non-state actors in the promotion of human rights in a globalized world.

The course will adopt a dynamic pedagogy including required and optional readings, interaction with fellow participants and instructor, webinars and/or recorded lectures by the Instructor, and most importantly, critical self-reflection.

Course Outline

  • Week One: Conceptualizing Human Rights for the Contemporary World: Approaches and Discourses
  • Week Two: The Universality of Human Rights: Current Debates and Perspectives
  • Week Three: Civil and Political Rights and the Contemporary Challenges for Implementation
  • Week Four: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Contemporary Challenges for Implementation
  • Week Five: Women and Human Rights: Current Global Issues
  • Week Six: International Protection of Vulnerable Groups and Persons: Current Global Issues
  • Week Seven: Collective Rights and Contemporary Global Politics: Right to Self-Determination, Right to Development, Right to a Healthy Environment, and Right to Peace
  • Week Eight: Enforcement and Compliance of Human Rights in the Contemporary World: Challenges and Prospects
  • Week Nine: Globalization and the Role of Civil Society and Non-State Actors in the Promotion of Human Rights

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of civil society organisations and (inter)governmental organisations involved in human rights protection and promotion, social justice and development practitioners, academics, researchers and students, who are interested in gaining a solid foundational knowledge of human rights law and practice, but are further interested in delving deeper into an understanding and analysis of contemporary global issues which pose a challenge to the human rights project. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

About the Instructor

Dr. Mihir Kanade (India) is the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre and is also the Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. His principal area of academic research and study is Human Rights and Globalization, covering several themes within that interface including trade and investment, sustainable development, forced migration, indigenous peoples’ rights, public health, amongst others. He has extensive experience in training staff of inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as professionals, in the field of human rights. He acts as an advisor to several human rights organizations and corporations on issues related to human rights and international law. He is also an adjunct faculty at Universidad Alfonso XI El Sabio (Spain), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal), and Long Island University (United States). He has a LL.B from Nagpur University (India) and a Masters degree and PhD from UPEACE. Prior to his pursuit in academia, Mihir practiced for six years as a lawyer in the Bombay High Court and in the Supreme Court of India, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations.

Course Fee

For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 800. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 300.

For Certificate and 3 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for three academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 3 academic credits is USD 1550.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.

Payment

Payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant. If you choose the credit card option, you may notice that we receive slightly less than what you send. That is because the credit card company charges a percentage of the amount for its services. We will not charge you for the bank or credit card company’s deductions.

If you wish to make the payment by credit card, please go to https://payments.upeace.org/hrc/

Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:

Universidad para la Paz
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ and IBAN: CR5715109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Development (17 January – 27 February, 2018)

Note: This course is also offered as part of the Professional Development Diploma on Sustainable Development and Human Rights.

Course Description

This certificate course offered by the Human Rights Center of the University for Peace will introduce participants to the increasingly significant field of indigenous peoples’ rights and looks at the contemporary issues that have paradoxically led to a recognition of those rights on the one hand, while simultaneously challenging their implementation on the other. The course will address the broad spectrum of issues involved in the field of indigenous peoples’ rights, beginning with who qualifies to be “indigenous peoples”, the scope of their right to self-determination, the international and regional legal frameworks for the protection of their rights and the challenges associated therewith, and the debates surrounding the concept of indigenous governance. The course will also look closely into human security and human development issues relating to indigenous peoples, the role of investment, extractive industries and other business corporations in indigenous reservations/areas, and the effect of intellectual property rights on the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples. Strong emphasis will be placed throughout the course on case studies from around the world. Participants will explore debates on mainstreaming versus autonomy, participatory governance, scope of ‘free and prior consent’ and the right to development, amongst others.

The course is based on a dynamic pedagogy including reading materials, video clips, case studies, and interactive webinars with the instructor.

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Course Outline

  • Week 1: Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Identity and the Right to Self-determination
  • Week 2: International and Regional Legal Framework for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
  • Week 3: Indigenous Governance
  • Week 4: Indigenous Peoples, Human Security and Human Development
  • Week 5: Indigenous Peoples Rights and Investment
  • Week 6: Traditional Knowledge, Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Peoples

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of civil society organisations and (inter)governmental organisations involved in advocating for indigenous peoples’ rights, academics and others interested in the human rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, as well as for those working in the field of development. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

About the Instructor

Dr. Mihir Kanade is the Director of the Human Rights Center at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) and is a faculty member in the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. Prior to the present position, Mihir practiced for several years as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations. He holds a LL.B. from Nagpur University and a Masters degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes and a PhD from UPEACE. He has served extensively as a legal advisor to many human rights organizations. He has taught specialized courses on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to different professional stakeholders over the last seven years, including an annual field course in Talamanca Region of Costa Rica. His current area of academic research is Globalization and Human Rights and involves research on the impacts of Globalization on indigenous peoples’ rights.

Course Fee

For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 600. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 200.

For Certificate and 2 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 2 academic credits is USD 1100.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.

Payment

Payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant. If you choose the credit card option, you may notice that we receive slightly less than what you send. That is because the credit card company charges a percentage of the amount for its services. We will not charge you for the bank or credit card company’s deductions.

If you wish to make the payment by credit card, please go to https://payments.upeace.org/hrc/

Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:

Universidad para la Paz
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ and IBAN: CR5715109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

Gender, Development, and Human Rights (1 November – 12 December, 2017)

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Note: This course is also offered as part of the Professional Development Diploma on Sustainable Development and Human Rights.

Course Description

This six week specialized online course introduces participants to the gender dimensions of the interface between development and human rights. Social constructions shape our identity, and thus, have critical impact on our daily lives. Diverse gender identities and concepts are taught in formal and informal educational institutions and determine our past, present and future, and may lead to inequality. Gender inequality and inequity then, may lead to human (and women’s) rights violations. This course will give an introduction to the solutions suggested by Gender Mainstreaming to gender inequality in human rights and development work based on the analysis of social constructions and through gender sensitive educational tools. By means of e-conversations and dialogue, the training will combine academic theory with participants’ lived and work experiences. The course will provide participants with the skills to conduct gender analysis in order to ensure gender mainstreaming in human rights and development work. It will also explore mechanisms for human rights sensitive development intervention with a strong focus on gender equality. Finally, the course will explore the intersections between human rights and gender through an analysis of contemporary issues such as gender based violence, trafficking, sex work, contemporary slavery etc, which impede the quest for sustainable development.

The course is based on a dynamic pedagogy including reading materials, video clips, case studies, and interactive webinars with the instructor.

Course outline

  • Week 1: Gender Analysis
  • Week 2: Gender Mainstreaming in Human Rights, Peace, and Development Work
  • Week 3: Education for Gendered Human Rights and Development
  • Week 4: Human Rights Sensitive Development Intervention
  • Week 5: Social Rights, Political Rights, and Gender
  • Week 6: Human Rights, Development, and Questions of Contemporary Slavery, Trafficking, and Sex Work

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of civil society organisations and (inter)governmental organisations involved in the fields of gender equality, women’s rights, LGBTQI rights, development work, human rights, education, health etc. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

About the Instructor

Gal Harmat (Israel) is an Assistant Professor in the Gender and Peace Building Masters Programme at UPEACE. Dr. Gal Harmat holds a PhD in Gender Analysis of Peace Education and Dialogue encounters from Nitra University (Slovakia) and a M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She was a professor in conflict transformation, peace education and gender and Co-Director of the Social Justice and Peace Education Teachers Training Program, Kibbutzim Teachers College in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has also been teaching in the World Peace Academy (University of Basel), the European Peace University (Austria), and the Arts and Social Change College in Israel. As a Gender and Peacebuilding Specialist, she has extensive experience in training, conflict analysis, dialogue facilitation, capacity building, peace education, research, gender empowerment and gender mainstreaming since 1998 in various countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and West and South East Asia. Her consultancies include intergovernmental organizations (e.g. OSCE, UN Women, UNDP, and the Council of Europe), and various international and regional NGOs (e.g. Non Violent Peace Force, Friends of the Earth Middle East; Peres Centre for Peace).

Course Fee

For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 600. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 200.

For Certificate and 2 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 2 academic credits is USD 1100.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.

Payment

Payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant. If you choose the credit card option, you may notice that we receive slightly less than what you send. That is because the credit card company charges a percentage of the amount for its services. We will not charge you for the bank or credit card company’s deductions.

If you wish to make the payment by credit card, please go to https://payments.upeace.org/hrc/

Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:

Universidad para la Paz
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ and IBAN: CR5715109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica