Call for applications: Online Intensive Course in Human Rights 2021

We are now accepting application for the NCHR annual intensive course in human rights. Deadline May 18th.

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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 human rights and the environment

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 30 - September 3 2021 and will be free for participants.

How to participate

To apply for participation, fill in an online application form before May 18 2021.

Submit your application

Please note that due to the limited number of places available we have often 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 prioritize applicants who already have undergone extensive studies or trainings in human rights
  • Geographical location: our aim is to select a diverse group who can provide an array of perspectives and shared experiences
  • Gender balance
  • English language skills: are required to follow the course 


Speakers and facilitators with high level of expertise will teach at the courseThe 2021 programme is currently being developed and will be published on this page once finalized. Until then, please refer to the course programme for 2020. 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 Victoria Skeie,


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Tags: Intensive Course, Human Rights Education, International Department, International Law, Human Rights By Victoria Skeie
Published Apr. 27, 2021 12:16 PM - Last modified Apr. 29, 2021 9:53 AM