Intensive Course in Human Rights to be held digitally

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic NCHR's Intensive Course in Human Rights will be conducted digitally in 2020. Extended application deadline: May 14.

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

NCHR has extended the application deadline for new applicants to May 14. Please note that applications already submitted will be processed according to the initial call criteria and it is not necessary to re-apply.

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 Intensive Course will be held electronically, between August 31 - September 4.

How to participate

To apply for participation, fill in an online application form before May 15.

Please note that due to the limited number of places available we often have had to reject even very well-qualified candidates.

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. Both changes in content and structure 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,

Published May 7, 2020 8:19 AM - Last modified Sep. 3, 2020 11:53 AM