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Human Rights today: Building Hope

29 June - 3 July, 2020, CES | Lisbon (Picoas Plaza | Rua Viriato, lojas 117 e 118)

This summer school is led by a team of academics and practitioners and offers a perfect introduction for people who want to know more about Human Rights. The course will provide you with a good basic understanding of human rights through short and dynamic presentations, concrete case studies and lively discussions. It will examine specific thematic topics in human rights such as children’s rights and refugee rights. You will get a chance to meet public and not-for-profit organisations working to realise human rights.

The course will provide an overview of the philosophical and conceptual foundations of Human Rights, and an introduction to the main international and regional human rights instruments and monitoring mechanisms. It will address the current trends in Democracy and Elections, seeking to identify the main threats, with insights from the field. The course will also examine specific thematic areas such as children’s rights and refugee rights; and advocacy and communication strategies towards the realisation of human rights. The course will end with a discussion on current challenges, trends and opportunities facing human rights. This course will give you a unique opportunity to meet public and not-for-profit organisations working to protect and implement Human Rights. This course offers a balanced combination of a theoretical background and a practitioners’ approach, with concrete insights from the field.

Applicants must show an interest in human rights, but no specific degree is required for this summer course.

Coordination team | Carla Luís and Veronique Lerch


The course uses an interdisciplinary approach, being led by a team of academics and practitioners. It offers a perfect introduction for people who want to know more about Human Rights. It can be useful for researchers, professionals, and people seeking to work in the field, Human Rights activists, as well as civil servants, lawyers, members of the judiciary, policy-makers, and Human Rights practitioners in general. 

Registration fee:
€350 – until 1st May 2020.
€400 – from 2nd May.
Former VotedHR students: €350

What does the fee cover?
The fee includes all sessions, visits, coffee breaks and lunch on the first day.

Certified training: Laboratório Associado - DL n.º 396/2007, de 31/12, DL n.º 63/2019, de 16 de Maio e Estatutos do CES.  Certificate issued (English and/or Portuguese) upon completing the course.

If you are not based in Lisbon, the fee does not cover accommodation or transportation.

If you require an acceptance letter, in order to apply for funding or scholarships, please let us know, and we will process it shortly.

Three places in the course are reserved for people based in Portugal, passionate about Human Rights and with limited financial means. Send us an e-mail to with your CV and a motivation letter explaining why we should waive the fee for you. Deadline: 1st May 2020.

Activity within the research project VotEDHR, a Project on Elections, Democracy and Human Rights,


Compete 2020 FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia POVT - Programa Operacional Temático Valorização do Território Universidade de Coimbra