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Various positions, Human Rights Watch

Various human rights positions, United Nations

Global Justice Program Director
The Human Rights Center
UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)

Director of Programs
Physicians for Human Rights, New York, NY

Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS)
Two entry level staff attorneys to work in the Ithaca Office.
PLS is a statewide program providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons with regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh.
Duties: PLS investigates claims relating to conditions of confinement and engages in administrative advocacy and litigation
relating to these claims. The type of cases that we handle include deliberate indifference to serious mental health and medical
needs, unconstitutional conditions of confinement, prolonged placement in solitary confinement, excessive use of force, and
sentencing and jail time credit issues.
Qualifications: PLS is looking for attorneys who are committed to providing legal services to the disadvantaged. Applicants
must be admitted to practice in New York State with up to three years-experience or plan to take the N.Y. State Bar exam in the
summer of 2013. The ideal applicant will have experience in the areas of civil legal services, civil rights, poverty law, criminal
defense or federal litigation. Applicants should be self-motivated and capable of complex analytical work. Applicants must possess
excellent legal research and writing skills, strong communications skills, and a desire to work in a cooperative environment.
Fluency in Spanish is a highly desirable qualification. PLS offers a salary and benefit package that is competitive with other
public interest law firms in upstate New York. Salaries will be set depending on experience.
To apply: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to Betsy Hutchings, Managing Attorney,
by email only, to bhutchings@plsny.org. No paper applications or phone calls please. Applications will be accepted
through June 10, 2013.

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative is advertising for a Program Manager to lead a civil society-focused transitional justice program in Mali.
The position is based in Bamako, Mali.

Executive Director
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Washington, DC

National Director, Direct Response and Development Operations
Amnesty International
New York, New York

Country Director
New York, New York
Breakthrough is a unique global human rights organization and a recognized pioneer of innovative social change. Working out of centers in the U.S. and India, we create national and global game-changing pop culture and multimedia campaigns – combined with leadership development and community engagement— that bring human rights issues and values into the mainstream, making them real, relevant, and urgent to individuals and communities worldwide.

Polaris Project
Director of Policy and various other career/fellowship opportunities,
Washington DC
Polaris Project is a leading non-governmental organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery
with programs operating at the international, national, and local levels through offices in Washington, D.C. and Newark, N.J.

Counsel, Democracy Program, and other job opportunities
Brennan Center for Justice
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute
that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance
reform, from racial justice in criminal law to presidential power in the fight against terrorism

Lecturer, International Educational Development
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, New York
Position: The Program in International and Comparative Education (ICE) at Teachers College, Columbia University is seeking a full-time lecturer in international educational development with a specialization in peace and human rights education; a focus on Latin America is preferred. It is a one-year position (academic year 2013-2014), starting September 2013.

Africa Program Officer/Consultant
Disability Rights Fund
Boston, Massachusetts
The Program Consultant for Africa manages the Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund grantmaking to Africa, specifically Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, and other potential future target countries in Africa. He/she will also contribute to refinement of a strategic grants process, which incorporates best practices in funding disability rights. Preference will be for the position to be located in East Africa.

South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project
Staff Attorneys, Texas
The mission of the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) is to provide high quality representation
to indigent immigrants and asylum-seekers in South Texas. ProBAR, established in 1989, is a joint project of the
American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). ProBAR has two
offices in Harlingen, Texas. One serves the local population of adults in immigration detention at the Port Isabel Detention Center
in Los Fresnos, Texas. The other, known as the Children’s Project , serves the population of detained, unaccompanied children
at Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters across the Rio Grande Valley. This is the highest volume of unaccompanied
minors in the nation, and numbers are expected to increase to more than 900 by April. ProBAR’s services include “Know Your
Rights” presentations, pro se assistance, pro bono representation, and direct representation by ProBAR attorneys and Accredited
Representatives. The children ProBAR serves mainly come from Central America. They range in age from newborn infants to
17. Due to an increase in detained minors in the Rio Grande Valley, ProBAR has two staff attorney positions available its Children’s
Duties: The staff attorneys will assist detained immigrant children in pursuing Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, U
visas, T visas, and other forms of legal relief. In addition, the staff attorneys will provide representation for children during the
detained juvenile dockets at the Harlingen Immigration Court.
Qualifications: ProBAR seeks attorneys who are fluent in Spanish. Texas licensure is strongly preferred, as the attorneys will
need to appear in state court in order to help children pursue Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Applicants who are not licensed
in Texas must be licensed in another state, and willing to waive in or sit for the next Texas bar exam.
To apply: Interested people may apply via the American Bar Association website:
In addition, we request that applicants email their resume to ProBAR Children’s Project Managing Attorney Kimi Jackson,

Law Instructor
CUNY School of Law’s Immigrant & Refugee Rights Clinic (IRRC), New York
To apply, go to https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/psp/cnyepprd/GUEST/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?

Staff Attorney
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.
Direct service representation in administrative hearings and judicial review appeals related to denial or termination of
benefits such as Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP), Food Stamps, Medicaid,
and other public benefits; Conducting “Know Your Rights” workshops for consumers on public benefits in shelters and
other community-based facilities and others.

LEAD Uganda
Position Executive Director, New York
LEAD Uganda is a scholarship and leadership program for children affected by AIDS, war and poverty. LEAD locates
and selects the brightest and most promising children living on the edges of Ugandan society—AIDS orphans, former
child soldiers, abducted girls and child laborers—and provides them with an education and a home.


Volunteers Needed – Board of Directors 2014 Election!
The AIUSA Nominating Committee is conducting an intensive, nationwide search to assemble a qualified, diverse, and representative slate of candidates for the 2014 Board of Directors election. The Nominating Committee seeks candidates who, during a three-year term, are willing and able to dedicate considerable time and energy to upholding the AIUSA mandate. Click here for more information or to apply.

Business Associates
The Documentation Center of Cambodia.
DC-Cam is an independent Cambodian NGO originally created by Yale University scholars pursuant to the Cambodian Genocide Justice Act of 1994. It is dedicated to
ensuring memory and justice in Cambodia with respect to the abuses of the infamous Democratic Kampuchea (DK)
regime. The Center documents the history of Democratic Kampuchea and promotes accountability and the rule of law,
holding the world’s largest body of information and potential evidence against former DK officials
The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) seeks several exceptional business students to serve as Business
Associates in 2013–2014. Business Associates will spearhead the development of a unique cultural tourism enterprise that
will fund the ongoing efforts of DC-Cam to bring memory, justice and reconciliation to the survivors of the Khmer Rouge

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
Opportunities for Bridge Fellows, Deferred Associates, and Law
Graduates with Independent Funding
The LCCR is seeking help in one of the areas below:
Racial Justice Impact Work: Impact litigation and policy advocacy in areas such as education, housing, public contracting,
criminal justice reform, and access to municipal services.
Second Chance Reentry Legal Services Clinic: Legal assistance for individuals who are working to overcome barriers to employment
and housing resulting from past contact with the criminal justice system.
Legal Services for Entrepreneurs: Business legal services for low-income entrepreneurs whose for-profit businesses will enhance
the economic infrastructure of their neighborhoods and businesses which invest directly in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Immigrant Justice Impact Work: Impact litigation and policy advocacy with the goal of safeguarding the due process and constitutional
rights of immigrants and ensuring full and fair access to education, police protection, and other vital government services.
Asylum Program: Legal representation for indigent refugees fleeing persecution and torture from around the globe.
To apply: To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: Paul R. Chavez pchavez@lccr.com, Lawyers’
Committee for Civil Rights, 131 Steuart Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94105


Two Doctoral Scholarships at the Irish Centre for Human Rights
The Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway is one of the world’s premier university-based institutions for the study of human rights and humanitarian law. Since its establishment the Centre has developed a global reputation for excellence in the field of human rights teaching, research and advocacy, which has enabled the institution to attract high quality students to its acclaimed LLM programmes and to build a thriving community of doctoral researchers. The Centre has a proven record in successfully implementing projects dealing with international human rights law and humanitarian law. It regularly hosts prestigious international conferences and symposia and has an outstanding research and publication record.
The Irish Centre for Human Rights is currently accepting applications for two Doctoral Scholarships. Applications are sought from students who intend to pursue doctoral level research on topics related to either:
(a) Freedom of Expression
(b) The United Nations architecture for the protection of human rights.
The successful students will be supervised by Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Centre. These Scholarships will commence no later than October 2013 and are available for a period of four years. Scholarships comprise an annual stipend of €16,000 inclusive of University tuition fees (accordingly a student paying EU-level fees would receive a tax free stipend of approximately €11,755 per annum).
The holder of a Scholarship is expected to reside in Galway, Ireland and, under the guidance of Professor O’Flaherty, will engage in twenty hours per week of research and research support, teaching and administrative tasks at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, in addition to pursuing his or her own doctoral research.
Those interested in applying should submit the following:
• A covering letter
• A curriculum vitae
• Two letters of reference
• A statement of the proposed doctoral research topic (1000 words).
These materials must be sent to humanrights@nuigalway.ie by 5pm on 31 May 2013. Award of a scholarship will be conditional on admission by the University.
Further details on the doctoral programme at the Irish Centre for Human Rights are available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Programmes/phd.html

Invitation/ Call for Applications: 2013 IJR Transitional Justice Fellowship Programme *
20 July- 8 August, 2013 Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) is pleased to announce the convening of a three week Transitional Justice in Africa Fellowship Programme. This is an intensive residential programme which will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town later this year.
This year’s Fellowship Programme will be open to nationals from South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi only.

International Service for Human Rights
Human Rights Defenders Fellowship, Geneva
Duties: Through a combination of research and analysis, advocacy, capacity building, and media work, the Fellow will work
closely with the ISHR Director and program staff, contributing to our work supporting human rights defenders, strengthening
human rights systems, building and leading human rights coalitions, and responding to significant and systemic situations of
concern. The Fellowship is a 12-month position beginning in September 2013. The Fellow will be based in Geneva with the
possibility of part of the Fellowship conducted in New York (contingent in part on authorization to work in the US). Some international
travel may be required depending on the project(s) and role assigned to the Fellow.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have: A demonstrated commitment to international human rights; Knowledge of international
human rights law; Familiarity with international and regional human rights mechanisms and practice; Interpersonal
skills and ability to sensitively engage with a wide range of individuals, including NGO colleagues, defenders, UN and government
officials; Strong drafting and research skills; Ability to work independently and collaborate with a team; An ability to master
new, complex issues under tight deadlines; Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and Fluency in English
[additional language proficiencies are a plus]. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrable knowledge of or experience in
one or more of ISHR’s current programme objectives: Defenders at risk of reprisal; Women human rights defenders and those
working on sexual orientation and gender identity issues; Defenders in transitional democracies; Defenders working on issues of
corporate accountability. A law degree is required. We encourage 2013 graduates to apply, but will also accept applications from
2012 and 2011 graduates. This is an unpaid fellowship and interested applicants must pursue third-party sponsorship. The fellowship
is not intended to be a volunteer position. Applicants should indicate whether they have secured funding or how they
intend to. ISHR will provide any necessary documents that may facilitate funding opportunities.
To apply: Candidates must submit the following materials to Madeleine Sinclair at m.sinclair@ishr.ch, subject line “ISHR Human
Rights Defenders Fellowship”: Cover letter or statement of interest; Resume; Two unedited writing samples; and Names
and contact information for three references. Application Deadline: 05/10/2013. Applications will be considered on a rolling
basis thereafter.

ASIL is recruiting for our International Law Fellowship position for the term of July – December. The IL Fellowship position is an excellent opportunity for a recent law graduate to gain practical experience in international legal research, including program design, syllabi and course development, and research and editorial support for ASIL’s publications; legal education program management, including CLE, public awareness, and public policy activities; and event planning, including speaker selection and coordination, outreach, and venue logistics. ILFs will also gain insight into the operation of a major international non-governmental organization, including elements of organizational structure, administration, and management.
The position is unpaid, but offers a one-time, $2,500 stipend to assist with relocation expenses. We would greatly appreciate it if you would advertise the position to recent graduates whom you think would be a good fit, as well as sharing the link below and the attached announcement with your Career Services offices. We are planning to conduct interviews for the July position no later than the first week of June.

The Avon Global Center for Women & Justice at Cornell Law School is seeking applications for the 2013-14
Women and Justice Fellowship. The Fellow will play an integral role in executing and further developing the Center’s initiatives.
The Center works with judges, legal practitioners, civil society advocates, and other stakeholders in an effort to end gender-
based violence. The Center’s initiatives focus on advancing access to justice and the international rule of law, with an emphasis
on defending the human rights of women and girls. For more information, please visit the Avon Global Center for
Women & Justice website at http://www.womenandjustice.org.
Duties: This one-year fellowship offers varied experience in the areas of international human rights and gender justice, including
legal research and project management. In addition to working with the Center team, the Fellow will interact with students,
faculty, judges, and advocates from diverse countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Cornell Law School provides an intellectually
engaging work atmosphere, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. Fellow responsibilities will include:
researching and drafting memoranda in response to requests by judges for legal research assistance; acting as content editor and
strategist for Center publicity, including website and social media networks; furthering the development of the Center’s online
legal resources collection, including research and analysis of case law from the US and other countries, as well as scholarly articles
and reports; assisting with planning and managing Center programs, events, and outreach initiatives, such as the annual
Women & Justice Conference; conducting original research for Center-produced publications; and providing ad-hoc support for
clinical projects.
Qualifications: Requirements: J.D. or LL.M.; Strong research, writing, and editing skills; Exceptional organizational skills and
attention to detail; Ability to manage a diverse range of projects and initiatives; Demonstrates interest in international human
rights, comparative law, and/or gender justice issues. At least two years of professional work experience preferred. Experience
in international legal research and in website and/or database management is helpful. Application deadline is May 24, 2013. As
applications will be considered on a rolling basis, early application is strongly encouraged.
To apply: Please e-mail cover letter, CV/resume, and brief writing sample (maximum length 10 pages) to Karla Creech, Program
Assistant (kjc93@cornell.edu). Applicants who graduated in 2011 or later should also include a law school transcript

Legal Internship, Immigrants’ Rights (Fall 2013)
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
New York, New York

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a Chicago-based not-for-profit law and policy center,
seeks a recent law or public policy graduate to serve as the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow for one year, renewable for a second,
beginning in Summer or Fall 2014. The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship offers the opportunity for recent law school or public
policy school graduates to develop the experience, skills and network critical to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy.
Fellows have gone on to become the Executive Director of a non-profit organization that serves youth interests, to practice affordable
housing law, to accept a full-time staff position with BPI and more. Founded in 1969, BPI is dedicated to addressing
compelling issues of social justice and to enhancing the quality of life for all people living in the Chicago region. Currently, BPI
works to increase the availability of affordable housing for working families, transform segregated public housing, improve Chicago’s
public schools, and advocate for reforms that will foster more open, honest, and accountable government in Illinois. BPI’s
staff of lawyers and policy specialists uses a variety of approaches, including litigation, policy research and advocacy, community
organizing, and collaboration with civic, business, and community organizations.
Duties: During a typical day, a BPI attorney or policy analyst might do any of the following: Negotiate the components of a site
plan for a new mixed-income community in a working group of public housing residents, community members, housing developers,
the Chicago Housing Authority and City of Chicago staff; Strategize with school and district administrators to plan and
implement a proven framework for whole-school improvement; Conduct research and assist in drafting groundbreaking city and
state legislation to address the foreclosure and vacant property crisis; Draft a motion to allow for the construction of public housing
within the context of a new mixed-income community; Analyze statutes and ordinances related to the prevention and detection
of public corruption.
Qualifications: Either a JD or MA/MS in public policy or related field; Demonstrated interest or experience in one of BPI’s
program areas; Accomplished oral and writing skills; Strong academic record; Initiative, creativity and flexibility; Demonstrated
ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations, constituent groups, government, and civic leaders. Fellows receive an
annual salary of $46,000 with medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school or graduate school loans for the duration
of the Fellowship may be available, based on need.
To apply: Send resume, writing sample, references and a cover letter detailing interest in the position by Friday, OCTOBER
18, 2013 to fellowships@bpichicago.org or via postal mail (postmarked by October 18, 2013) to: Business and Professional
People for the Public Interest, Polikoff–Gautreaux Fellowship, 25 East Washington Street, Suite 1515, Chicago, Illinois 60602,
Tel. 312-641-5570.

Call for participation in an international research project:
The University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw (www.swps.pl), Poland, together with partners in Belgrade and Stellenbosch is starting a new project about the (measureable) impact of International Criminal Tribunals on societies affected by their decisions. For this 5-year project, which is sponsered by the Polish National Center for Science (NCN), we are searching for researchers, who are willing to do field research in those countries on the basis of 3-year
perfomance-based contracts. The details are in the attachment and below. If you are interested or know people, who might be interested, please either get back to us or distribute the call to those you deem interested in the project. There are no status-bound requirements – everybody can apply, who fulfills the criteria, no matter, whether he is a student, PHD candidate, postdoc researcher, think tank expert, journalist etc.
In 2013, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (www.swps.pl) was awarded a project grant by the Polish National Center of Science, whose aim it is to investigate the impact of international criminal tribunals on media, political discourse and institutional reform in the countries, which are affected by these tribunals’ decisions. For this project, the project leader (Prof. Klaus Bachmann from SWPS) and the two main coordinators Irena Ristić (Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade) and Prof. Gerhard Kemp (Law Faculty of Stellenbosch University) seek researchers who are either very familiar with or residents of the following countries:
Republic of Serbia
Bosnia-Hercegovina (Muslim-Croatian Federation)
Bosnia Hercegovina (Republika Srpska)
Familiarity with the country is to be understood as the ability to conduct field research, interviews, collect research material and analyze written publically accessible sources in the main languages of the country’s media system. It is helpful, but no precondition, to have knowledge and skills in the qualitative analysis of media frames, and information about the relations between the relevant country with the relevant international criminal tribunal in question.
Successful applicants will have to take part in a preparatory workshop, which will introduce them into the theory and practice of qualitative frame analysis, the necessary basics of International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice and the research design of the project. The most importat aim of the workshop is to make sure, that all participants of the project apply the same criteria and methods to their research material, so that results are comparable across cases and countries.
More information about the project is available on request from k.bachmann@feps.pl.
Successful applicants will be given a project contract with a maximum duration of three years amounting to an overall performance-based payment of 27 000 zloty (ca. 8 500 USD), which will be paid in several tranches after the completion of the different project phases by the applicants. They are also entitled to refunds for any travel, accomodation and other justified and documented expenses linked to the completion of their project tasks. They will take part in several workshops and conferences with other researchers participating in the project. During the final part of the project, they will contribute two independent authored chapters to an edited volumes in English, which will summarize the project findings.
All payments will be made according to Polish law and in Polish currency. Beneficiaries of payments made in the framework of the project will have to take care themselves in order to comply with the relevant tax, customs, social security and currency regulations of their countries of residence.
How to apply
All inquiries about the project should be sent to k.bachmann@feps.pl. Applications concerning European countries should be sent to Irena Ristić iristic@idn.org.rs, and for African countries (other than Rwanda) should be sent to Gerhard Kemp, gkemp@sun.ac.za. Applications for Rwanda should be sent to k.bachmann@feps.pl. All decisions will be based on project – related criteria notwithstanding academic titles, positions and general academic experience. Non-academics, journalists are also encouraged to apply.
However, the foreseeable cost of transport and accommodation for a researcher will be taken into account by the project team, which, in the case of two competing applications, will prefer candidates doing research in their country of residence over candidates, which will have to be refunded for transport to and accommodation in the country, in which they will carry out their research.
Applicants can apply for research in more than one country (for example: in Republika Srpska and Serbia or Sudan and South Sudan together). In such cases, the contractual payment will be negotiated individually between the project leader and the applicant.
In order to apply, applicants need to send in the following documents:
A short CV (not more than one page, which can, but need not, include information about academic publications)
a letter describing their competences, skills and experience as far as relevant for the project, indicating, which countries they want to choose for carrying out their part of the project, which media should be included into the frame analysis (and why) and which decisions of an international criminal tribunal they deem most relevant for the project. This letter should also contain information about the local languages, in which they are able to conduct source analysis and interviews (not more than 3 pages).
All these documents should only contain information in so far as it sheds light on the ability of the applicant to participate in the project and generate costs for the project budget. All documents must be written in English. The deadline for applications is May 22nd.


Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law sponsors the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law which runs from May 28th to June 14th 2013. Our program offers 19 courses taught by more than 39 prominent scholars in the field of human rights, in both English and Spanish. The program welcomes more than 170 participants from more than 40 countries with differing backgrounds and levels of experience for an intensive three weeks in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the Academy hosts special events, such as panels, a film series, and site visits to international organizations. The Diploma is offered to a select group of 35 law professionals who fulfill the admission requirements. Access more information here. (http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/summer.cfm <http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/summer.cfm> )

8th International Training Session on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
From October 16th to October 22th, 2013
CIFEDHOP will be holding in Geneva, from October 16th to October 22th 2013, its 8th International Training Session on the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for educational and civil society organisations. This training session is mainly organised for teachers, educators, researchers, and NGO involved in human rights education. Further information (Objectives, Program, Enrolment Form) can be found at: http://www.cifedhop.org/epu-upr.org/?q=en/content/8th-international-training-session-upr

Conference: Right to Rehabilitation for Torture Victims
June 27 – 28, 2013
Beirut, LB

International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship (a joint centre of Birkbeck, University of London and Institute of Education, University of London) invites you to contribute to its 7th annual conference:
Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education
Friday 28 June 2013 at Birkbeck, University of London,
Malet St, London WC1E 7HX
Conference Website: http://www.ioe.ac.uk/research/4582.html
Registration: http://store.ioe.ac.uk/

Course: Health Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches
July 2013
Galway, IE

Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS Human Rights
Next Start January 2014
Human rights are the fundament of a peaceful coexistence of a society. But only when women and men know about their human rights, they can claim them for themselves and – in solidarity – for others (“empowerment“). Human rights education is taking place in different contexts (formal, non-formal,…). To close the global gap in further training opportunities in human rights education, in the context of and linked with the new UN Declaration of Human Rights Education and Training and because of the high interest in the “Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS in Human Rights Education”, the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland (PHZ) is running again in 2014 an international advanced qualification, the “Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS in Human Rights Education” starting in
January 2014. The CAS Human Rights Education aims to qualify the participants for a role as trainer and multiplier of human rights education for their specific context.
The participants will achieve an internationally recognized Certificate of Advanced Studies PHZ in Human Rights Education.
Alumni of the CAS “Human Rights Education” will be able to fulfill pedagogical functions in different professional contexts:
School Context (formal human rights education):
- Teachers of all levels (e. g. with a coordinating role for cross-curricular topics)
- Professors/Lecturers of Universities of Teacher Education/Teacher Colleges
Non-School Context (nonformal human rights education):
- Employees of state and civil society institutions and organizations (e.g. members‘ support)
- Those employed in corporate human resources management
In the formal context you can be responsible for this transversal topic.
In the nonformal context you can be responsible in state and non-governmental organizations and corporations for human rights education enhancing the “mainstreaming of human rights”, the awareness-building for human rights challenges and for the potential of “empowerment”.
The participants will learn to use specific methods, materials and instruments of human rights education. They will achieve in dialogue with the faculty of the CAS “Human Rights Education” (international experts in the practice of human rights education) specific additional competencies in human rights education to be able to be a trainer and a multiplier of human rights education in their individual context (formal or nonformal) and to consult others within their professional context in the field of human rights education.
The CAS “Human Rights Education” will be bilingual in English and German.
10 Credit Points of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) (internationally recognized); this corresponds to a workload of 300 hours (incl. presence units, eLearning units, conference modules, study visits, preparation, postprocessing, private study, CAS thesis).
The presence units of the CAS “Human Rights Education” take place in Lucerne (Switzerland) (2 hours train ride from Strasbourg (European Court of Human Rights) and 3 hours train ride from Geneva (UN)).
The participation in the CAS “Human Rights Education” can be extra-occupational. The presence units take place in compact blocks respectively in block weeks.
January – December 2014
Application Deadline: September 15, 2013
Pre-Application: nicole.ospelt@phz.ch
Further information: PD Dr. Peter G. Kirchschlaeger, +41-41-228 47 33,
Flyer CAS Human Rights Education:

Forth International Human Rights Education Conference:
Global Convergence and Local Practice will be held on 21 to 26 November 2013 at Soochow
University, Taipei, Taiwan. You might be interested to visit the conference website at http://scu.hre2013.org.tw/


This call for papers invites scholars and practitioners to submit papers focusing on the study of rescuers of mass atrocities in Latin America for a peer reviewed edited volume. We define rescuing efforts as organized and unorganized initiatives of sheltering and aiding targeted individuals and groups in the context of the Cold War in Latin America where state terrorism, war and genocide sought to eliminate political opposition. One such example of an act of “goodness” in the face of mass atrocity in the region is the case of the Santo Tomas Chichicastenango Municipal Firefighters, who collected the remains of victims from massacres in the highlands of Guatemala during the genocide of 1981-1983, with little compensation, within poor infrastructure and under great personal risks. We hope to shed light on the myriad tensions between the different roles, collaborators, perpetrators and victims found within existing literature. Our volume will serve as a critical resource for scholars examining human behavior under extreme forms of violence within the fields of genocide studies, sociology, peace and conflict studies, conflict resolution, human rights, criminology, psychology, and history.
Recent war and genocide literature produced in the region, or focused on the region and produced elsewhere, has centered on the study of collective trauma, resistance to repression, the recovery of the historical memory of survivors and criminal accountability. Yet the interdisciplinary examination of rescue and rescuers as study objects lags behind significantly. To fill this gap, we invite contributors to analyze the historical, political, socioeconomic and cultural context for fostering responses to mass atrocities in Latin America, such as collaboration and indifference, as well as the role of rescuers in helping to protect the lives of others. We find this topic of particular significance, for failure to account for the role of rescuers may lead to misleading perceptions about how people and collectivities find ways to help others, even under “extreme situations,” characterized as life-threatening events causing major personal and social readjustments (Wallace 1956).
There has been significant attention paid to rescuers during the Holocaust (Baum 2008, Todorov 2001). In the Fragility of Goodness (2001), Tzvetan Todorov explores the collective and individual action taken by representatives of parliament, intellectuals and Orthodox Church officials in Bulgaria to pressure the Sofia administration against the deportation of Jews during the Holocaust. Most recently, Jacques Semelin’s 2011 edited volume on rescuers in war-torn societies explores organized networks whose actions, letter writing and lobbying avoided or prevented the persecution of targeted populations in Armenia and Rwanda. Yet, this volume excludes discussion of the Latin American experience and thus the specificities of the region are left unexplored.
we contend that unless an account of the actions to save others in Latin America like this is included in the universality of rescue cases, the study of responses to mass violence will remain incomplete. We seek proposals that critically explore both organized and unorganized efforts to aid victims and survivors of mass atrocities raising some of the following questions:
What organized and unorganized efforts were made to protect victims of state violence and genocide in Latin America during and after the Cold War?
How can this knowledge advance understanding of courage, heroism or acts of resistance during mass atrocity in the region?
How did rescue efforts challenge state violence in Latin America?
Why has the study of the “Righteous” in Latin America been largely excluded from scholarship and how can breaking this silence add to the study of the legacy of mass atrocities?
How has the absence of critical analysis of the role of rescue shaped discussions of the culture of fear allegedly prevailing in the region?
What, if any, are the similarities between the identities of political, social or cultural groups to which the rescuer belongs?
What are the implications for the development of “cultures of goodness?”
How can the study of the “Righteous” contribute to the analysis of the tensions found between resistance, rescue and collaboration and apathy in specific settings?
Contributors are invited to submit a 500-word abstract by July 1, 2013 to latinamericarescuersbook@gmail.com, along with a brief bio of no more than 300 words. All submissions must be sent electronically in Word or PDF format and must be in English. Notification of acceptance will be sent by September 1, 2013. Completed articles will be due by January 15, 2014 and should range from 7,000-7,500 words.


Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is pleased to announce the release of a major new human rights research tool, the Human Rights Web Archive (HRWA). The archive is a searchable and browsable collection of websites created by non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, tribunals and individuals from countries throughout the world. http://library.columbia.edu/news/libraries/2013/2013-2-14_Human_Rights_Web_Archive.html

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Wow Teru… where do you find this stuff?

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