Call for applications: Intensive Course in Human Rights

It is now possible to apply for participation in NCHR's Intensive Course in Human Rights 2020.

Participants of the 2018 course visiting the Storting (Norwegian parliament). Photo: Guisela Carolina Camacho.

The NCHR Intensive Course on Human Rights is a multi-disciplinary course that will give participants knowledge on: 

  • International human rights standards
  • The systems in place for protecting human rights at UN, regional and national level
  • Practical application of human rights
  • Key contemporary human rights issues such as freedom of religion, and the human rights of refugees

The course has a strong international profile. We welcome applications from different backgrounds such as; human rights defenders, government officials, civil servants, NGO representatives, legal practitioners and academics - all who would like to strengthen their ability to integrate human rights standards in their daily work and get a systematic introduction to the international human rights system. Surveys and feedback from previous participants show a very high level of satisfaction.

The next intensive course will be held August 31 to September 4, 2020 in Oslo, Norway.

How to participate

To apply for participation, fill in an online application form before May 1.

Pls. NOTE: There are only 25 places available. Due to the limited number of places available we often have had to reject even very well-qualified candidates.

Applicants from low-, and middle income countries, who represent organizations with limited financial resources, may choose to apply for participation grants. You can do this in the online application form. 

Selection Criteria

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Job relevance: the course is mainly targeting professionals who can apply the knowledge gained from the course in their current job. We 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 prioritise applicants who already have undergone extensive studies or trainings in human rights
  • Geographical location: our aim is to have participants from a variety of geographical areas 
  • Gender balance
  • English language skills


Speakers and facilitators with high level of expertise will teach at the courseThe 2020 programme is currently being developed and will be published on this page once finalised. Until then, please refer to the course programme for 2019. Some changes in content should be expected.

Please note that all course participants are expected to spend considerable time preparing for the course by reading materials that will be distributed by email prior to the course.   


Questions about the course can be directed to Aksel Tømte,

Disclaimer: The course may be cancelled or postponed if the Covid-19 virus outbreak unreasonably limits the ability of participants, course lecturers, or organisers to attend the training.

Published Mar. 9, 2020 11:59 AM - Last modified Mar. 27, 2020 4:53 AM