Call for applications: The Annual Intensive Course in Human Rights 2022

The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights is now accepting applications for the Annual Intensive Course in Human Rights. Deadline: 24 April 2022.

Poster announcement with the title of the event and a photo of the University of Oslo's Domus Media building.

Photo: Victoria Skeie/UiO.

The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) organizes each year an Intensive Course on Human Rights. This course is multi-disciplinary and gives participants knowledge about: 

  • International human rights standards
  • The systems in place for protecting human rights at the UN, as well as at the regional and national level
  • Practical application of human rights
  • An understanding about contemporary human rights issues such as business and human rights and human rights and the environment

The course has a strong international profile and we welcome applicants from different backgrounds such as:

  • Civil servants 
  • Legal practitioners 
  • Human rights defenders
  • NGO representatives 
  • Researchers and academics

and other participants wanting to strengthen their ability to integrate human rights standards in their daily work.

Previous participants have come from every continent and represented over 50 countries since the course was started over a decade ago, and include participants from national human rights institutions, domestic courts, development aid agencies , human rights commissions, law firms, universities and UN agencies, to name a few.

This year, the Intensive Course will be held in Oslo at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (in-person attendance) between 5-9 September 2022.

Changes might be made to the format in case the Covid-19 situation warrants it. However, Norway currently has no quarantine regulations for travelers or requirements about testing. 

Application and financial information

Application process:

Kindly write a short motivation letter (maximum 1 page) and include a CV (no longer than 2 pages), and submit the document through the link below. 

Course fee: 

The course fee is 5000 NOK and includes lunch and coffee breaks at the Centre, as well as a welcome dinner and leaving dinner. Kindly note that all other expenses in connection to participation are not included.  


There are two types of stipends available to persons representing institutions with limited financial resources and from low or middle-income countries. 

  • The first stipend is for the course fee and the participant covers the remaining cost of travel and stay themselves. 
  • The second stipend includes the course fee in addition to travel. 

Only a limited number of full stipends are available and are subject to an internal selection process. 

To apply, fill in the online application form before 24 April 2022 and indicate whether you are self-funded or are applying for a stipend. 

Submit your application


Lecturers and practioners with a high level of expertise in human rights will teach the course. The 2022 programme is currently being developed and will be distributed to participants closer to the date of the intensive course. Group work is an important aspect of the course and on the final day there will be a friendly moot court competition.

Please note that all participants are expected to spend considerable time preparing for the course beforehand. Approximately 40 pages of reading per session, which will be distributed to the participants in advance, is to be expected.

In addition to a welcome and a goodbye dinner, lunch will be served each day.

Selection criteria

The number of applicants is usually much higher than available places. In choosing between the different applicants, NCHR will select participants based on the following criteria:

  • Job relevance: The course is primarily targeting professionals who can apply the knowledge gained from the course in their current job. The NCHR will assess the likelihood of whether the knowledge gained at the course may be put to practical use in the future
  • Added value: This is a basic course, and we will normally not prioritize applicants who already have undergone extensive studies in human rights
  • Geographical location: Our aim is to select a diverse group who can provide an array of perspectives and share experiences
  • Gender balance: It is important for us to strike a fair gender balance
  • Language: A good level of English is required to follow the course


Questions about the course can be directed to Victoria Skeie, 

Tags: International law, Human Rights, Intensive Course, Human Rights Education, NCHR International Department, International Department
Published Mar. 30, 2022 4:08 PM - Last modified Apr. 1, 2022 11:24 AM