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Environment, Development, and Human Rights (6 September – 17 October, 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 certificate course offered by the Human Rights Center of the University for Peace looks at the linkages between the environment, development, and human rights and examines how these linkages may assist efforts to protect both the environment and human rights. The course uses an interdisciplinary approach and focuses on the educational, legal and social aspects of this relationship. The course will address climate change, environmental degradation, mitigation and adaptation, migration, human rights based approaches to the environment, loss and damage, and the environment and human rights in the light of the post-2015 development agenda. Under the umbrella of international law and environmental sciences, the course will pay special attention to hybrid legal approaches on the environment and human rights, including as a potential strengthening and dispersing method to address the nexus of environment, human rights and mobility.

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: Introduction to Environment, Development, and Human Rights Linkages
  • Week 2: Legal Approaches: Concepts, Mechanisms and Implementation
  • Week 3: Water and food security in the context of climate change
  • Week 4: Human Rights Based Approaches to Climate Change adaptation and mitigation
  • Week 5: New emerging legal nexus: Environment, human rights and mobility
  • Week 6: Addressing Human Rights and the Environment in the Post-2015 SDG Agenda

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of civil society organisations and (inter)governmental organisations involved in the fields of environmental protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation, policy making on environmental issues, 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. Cosmin Corendea serves as Associate Academic Officer for Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability and Adaptation Section at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), managing the Climate Change, Environment and Migration Alliance (CCEMA) which is a multi-stakeholder global partnership aiming to bring together actors representing a range of perspectives including migration, development, environment and human rights. He also coordinates the MRF Chair Project on Social Vulnerability initiating policy relevant research and organizes capacity-building in relation to climate change and resilience. He acts as focal point for legal issues (institutional vulnerabilities and adaptation, human rights, forced migration, etc.) associated with the adverse effects of climate change and comparative frameworks of social vulnerabilities and resilience, and as liaison officer to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the University for Peace (UPEACE) and the World Bank. Dr. Corendea holds the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) distinction in International Legal Studies from Golden Gate University School of Law and he received his LL.M. in Intercultural Human Rights (hons.) from Saint Thomas University Law School.

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 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: CR57015109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

Protection of Stateless Persons (30 August – 10 October, 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 system for protection of Stateless Persons, and the reduction and prevention of statelessness. Addressing Statelessness is an imperative in today’s world, given that there are more than 10 million persons who are Stateless. Yet, the global efforts to tackle the problem has not been enough due to various factors, which the course grapples with. The course begins with the conundrums of defining ‘stateless persons’ and debates surrounding the distinction between de jure and de facto stateless persons. Participants will then analyze the international legal framework for protection of Stateless persons as enshrined in the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, before moving on to the procedures for Statelessness Status Determination, the role of UNHCR, and the challenges thereto. The next segment of the course focuses on the limitations of a protection regime and the need for amplifying efforts to reduce and ultimately prevent Statelessness, as laid out in the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. The course specifically looks at issues related to acquisition of nationality by children, and then focuses on the contemporary challenges

This e-learning course is designed to provide a comprehensive picture to participants on what the international system for the protection of stateless persons is, why does statelessness occur, what are the needs of stateless persons, what are the available legal protections, which are the relevant actors involved in their protection and what are the challenges facing today’s stateless persons. 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: Defining Statelessness: the de jure and the de facto
  • Week 2: International legal framework for protection of stateless persons
  • Week 3: Statelessness Status Determination and the Role of UNHCR
  • Week 4: International legal framework for reduction of Statelessness
  • Week 5: Prevention of Statelessness and the Rights of the Child
  • Week 6: Contemporary challenges in the context of Statelessness

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of NGOs and government agencies advocating for and working on statelessness, 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 forced migration, sustainable development, indigenous peoples’ rights, public health, trade and investment, 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 several 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 taught numerous professional certificate online course on the protection of refugees and stateless persons over the last eight years.

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 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: CR57015109910026001958
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.

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

Diploma in Sustainable Development and Human Rights (Rolling Enrollments)

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Admissions are Open on a Rolling Basis!

Description of the Diploma

The Human Rights Centre of the United Nations mandated University for Peace is offering a brand new Professional Development Diploma in Sustainable Development and Human Rights, courses for which can be taken entirely online. As the name suggests, this programme focuses on the human rights dimensions of sustainable development, with a major thrust on the implementation of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals through human rights based approaches (HRBA). This Diploma, aimed at professionals seeking training for career development, can be obtained upon successful completion of five of the six online courses offered in the programme. Enrollments are open on a rolling basis and participants can join the programme at the beginning of any of the following six courses:

1. Development and Human Rights: 21 March – 01 May, 2018 (Last Completed Cycle: 15 March – 25 April, 2017)

2. Business, Human Rights, and Development: 16 May – 26 June, 2018 (Last Completed Cycle: 10 May-20 June, 2017)

3. Child Rights and Development: 18 July – 28 August, 2018 (Last Completed Cycle: 12 July – 22 August, 2017)

4. Environment, Development, and Human Rights: 6 September – 17 October, 2017

5. Gender, Development, and Human Rights: 1 November – 12 December, 2017

6. Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Development: 17 January – 27 February, 2018

Each of these courses is also offered as a stand-alone certificate course, but participants can now obtain a professional development diploma by taking five of the aforementioned six courses which fall within the overarching theme of sustainable development and human rights. The diploma is designed in a way that participants develop incremental expertise in the different limbs of sustainable development and its linkages with human rights.

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of (inter)governmental and civil society organizations working in the interface between development and human rights work, including in the fields of rights protection, development aid, social responsibility, trade and investment, environment protection, indigeneity, gender, child rights 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.

Course Fee

For Diploma: Fee for taking this diploma is USD 2400 (as against USD 3000, if paid for each stand-alone course separately). Fee for alumni of UPEACE and the Centre enrolling for the Diploma programme is USD 2100.

For Diploma and 10 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the five courses in the diploma for a total of 10 graduate level academic credits offered by UPEACE (2 academic credits for each course). The total cost of participating in the diploma for academic credits is USD 4900 (USD 2400 + USD 2500). For alumni of UPEACE and the Centre, the total cost is USD 4600 (USD 2100 + USD 2500).

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 diploma. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application.

Payment

Upon being admitted, 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 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: CR57015109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

Diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement (Rolling Enrollments)

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Admissions are Open on a Rolling Basis!

Description of the Diploma

The Human Rights Centre of the United Nations mandated University for Peace is offering its successful Professional Development Diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement, courses for which can be taken entirely online. This Diploma, aimed at professionals seeking training for career development, can be obtained upon successful completion of five of the following six online courses offered in the programme. Enrollments are open on a rolling basis and participants can join the programme at the beginning of any of the following six courses:

1. Forced Migration and Human Rights: 07 March – 17 April, 2018  (Last Completed Cycle: 1 March – 11 April, 2017)

2. Trafficking in Persons: 2 May – 12 June, 2018  (Last Completed Cycle: 26 April – 6 June, 2017 )

3. Protection of Refugees: 4 July – 14 August, 2018 (Last Completed Cycle: 28 June – 08 August, 2017)

4. Protection of Stateless Persons: 30 August – 10 October, 2017

5. Protection of Internally Displaced Persons: 25 October – 5 December, 2017

6. Climate Change and Human Mobility: 10 January – 20 February, 2018 (New Course)

Each of these courses is also offered as a stand-alone certificate course, but participants can now obtain a diploma by taking all the five courses which fall within the overarching theme of forced displacement. The diploma is designed in a way that participants develop incremental expertise in the different limbs of forced displacement and its linkages with human rights.

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of (inter)governmental and civil society organizations involved in forced displacement 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.

Course Fee

For Diploma: Fee for taking this diploma is USD 2400 (as against USD 3000, if paid for each stand-alone course separately). Fee for alumni of UPEACE and the Centre enrolling for the Diploma course is USD 2100.

For Diploma and 10 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the five courses in the diploma for a total of 10 graduate level academic credits offered by UPEACE (2 academic credits for each course). The total cost of participating in the diploma for academic credits is USD 4900 (USD 2400 + USD 2500). For alumni of UPEACE and the Centre, the total cost is USD 4600 (USD 2100 + USD 2500).

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 diploma. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The diploma is limited to 25 participants.

Payment

Upon being admitted, 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 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: CR57015109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

Business and Human Rights (4 November – 15 December, 2015)

BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (4 November – 15 December)

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Instructor: Prof. Mihir Kanade

This certificate course offered jointly by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace introduces participants to the major themes and debates concerning the linkages between business and human rights. Since their corporate emergence, much before the nation-state was born, businesses have had a serious impact on human rights, more adverse than beneficial. Globalisation and the proliferation of multinational corporations has only exacerbated the situation whereby global leaders and human rights advocates are now scrambling to search for the appropriate paradigm within which businesses would not only stop having an adverse impact on human rights, but would, in fact, promote them. This e-learning course will critically examine this business-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. In the final part, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights will be analyzed for both its successes and challenges. Participants will also learn the tools for conducting human rights and stakeholder identification and designing due diligence policies.

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, interaction with students and instructor on discussion boards, quizzes, a written assignment and webinars with invited guests. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to be an auditor of the course.

Course outline

Week 1: Searching for human rights obligations of businesses as non-state actors
Week 2: The unholy alliance: business and armed conflicts
Week 3: Business and the right to environment; business and labour rights
Week 4: The development nexus: business, corporate social responsibility and human rights
Week 5: The justiciability question: business, human rights and accountability
Week 6: What next: The contemporary and evolving business-human rights frameworks (The UN Guiding Principles, its criticisms and its implementation)

About the instructor

Mihir Kanade is the Director of the Human Rights Center at the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) and Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. Prior to the present position, Mr. Kanade practiced for seven 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, including those involved with refugee protection, and has represented them before different courts and tribunals in criminal, constitutional, asylum, human rights and labour cases. His current primary area of academic research and study is Globalization and Human Rights. He teaches courses on Business and Human Rights at UPEACE, and at several other univiersities.

Who should apply

The course is intended for staff members of civil society organisations involved in corporate social responsibility, 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. HREA and UPEACE aim to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.

Costs

Tuition fee for participants: US$ 495 (after 15 September 2015: US$ 595); tuition for auditors: US$ 195 (US$ 235 after 15 September 2015). There are no scholarships or discounted tuition rates available for this course.

Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.

Registration

Register for this course (opens in new window). Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration deadline, but please be aware that courses generally fill up quickly!

Health and Human Rights (13 May – 23 June, 2015)

Course Description

This specialized certificate course introduces participants to the doctrinal, actual and policy related linkages between health and human rights, and the contemporary challenges associated with them. Participants will explore the normative concepts of the right to health as a human right and will also study the intersections between the human right to health on the one hand and some of the other human rights such as the right to life, food, work, development etc. on the other. In addition, participants will explore some of the most important contemporary and emerging issues in the field, and will analyse the role of the international organisations and national governments in framing and implementing appropriate health policies.

The main objectives of the course are to make the participants aware of the different facets of the linkages between health and human rights and the associated challenges; to develop the knowledge necessary for critical analysis of the existing international and national policies affecting health; and to acquaint the participants with tools that can be employed in order to mainstream and address issues concerning health in policy making. Throughout the course, participants will engage in case studies including decisions of various national, regional and international courts of law on the relevant topics. Although gender aspects of health and human rights linkages will be a subject of direct focus in some of the topics covered, the same will also be generally mainstreamed throughout the course. Similarly, several of the topics covered will critically analyse the role of transnational corporations as well as the role of civil society within the health and human rights linkages.

Course Outline

Week 1: Normative concepts of the right to health as a human right; linkages between right to health and other human rights
Week 2: Sexual and reproductive rights; health and human rights linkages in the context of violence against physical integrity of human beings
Week 3: HIV/AIDS, other infectious diseases and human rights
Week 4: Mental and physical disabilities, health and human rights
Week 5: Globalisation and the human right to health including implications of international trade, intellectual property rights and labour
Week 6: Health as a development issue: human development policies, Post-2015 Development Goals and health

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for professionals working with governmental, non-governmental, as well as international governmental organizations on issues related to health and human rights. The course is specifically intended for public health policy makers, human rights advocates, field practitioners in the areas of public health and social work, academics, and students interested in the topic. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. UPEACE Human Rights Centre aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.

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, including those involved with refugee protection, and has represented them before different courts and tribunals in criminal, constitutional, asylum, human rights and labour cases. 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

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The UPEACE Human Rights Centre has finally joined the social media bandwagon in order to share our human rights training and capacity building work with a larger constituency. As part of this, we have operationalized our Facebook page with the hope to connect with a larger number of human rights practitioners and defenders around the world. The page will host stories and analysis on human rights issues that should be of interest to a wide range of people. We will also post news about our projects and courses on our page. To visit and like our page, please click here!