Academy on International Protection of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Robben Island, Cape Town, South Africa

3-20 April 2002
The Academy on International Protection of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is scheduled to be held from 3 to 20 April 2002 at the Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa under the auspices of the Law Faculty of the University of Western Cape (UWC), the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghent (RUG), the Law Faculty of the University of Utrecht and the Norwegian Institute of Human Rights (NIHR). The Belgian Government is providing financial support to the programme.
The various intensive courses that make up the Academy are designed to provide high quality legal education in comparative, international human rights and humanitarian law, with emphasis on the practical aspects in the various fields.
Courses include the African System of Protection of Human Rights, European Human Rights Law, Inter-American Human Rights Law, the Universal System of Protection of Human Rights, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, Social and Economic Rights, Human Rights and Foreign Policy, International Criminal Law and Transitional Law. Furthermore, specific topics such as the Rights of the Child, the Prohibition of Torture and Women’s Rights are also included.
The courses aim at providing the latest legal insights, as well as recent political developments in human rights. It is intended for young professionals and researchers to broaden and develop their human rights experience. It is also designed to develop knowledge about the substantive and international aspects of the promotion and protection of human rights at the international level, and to prepare them for further research in these areas.


Courses will be held at Robben Island in CapeTown, South Africa. Participants will be provided accommodations in the same place.


Lectures will be given by internationally known experts in the field of human rights and humanitarian law from the academe, inter-governmental bodies and non-governmental institutions.


Academics, post graduate students, staff of non-governmental organisations, lawyers, judges and other legal practitioners are targeted as participants. Admittance presupposes a fair basic knowledge of human rights law. Practical experience in the field of human rights is considered a merit.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the course must have a degree in law or the social sciences. They should preferably have some academic or practical experience in the field of law and/or human rights.

Working Language

The working language will be English. Proficiency in English is necessary.



There will be a combination of lectures and practical exercises which will give the participants the opportunity to exchange knowledge, views and experiences thus allowing for interesting discussions.


Upon completion of the course, and with satisfactory participation, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course Fee

The cost of participation is 800 US dollars per student. The amount covers tuition, course materials and full board including accommodation and food. Participants must make their own travel and visa arrangements and take care of adequate medical, travel and damage insurance coverage.
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to participants from developing countries.



Contact persons:

Prof. Jeremy Sarkin (UWC)
Prof. Johan van Delanotte(Ghent)
Leo Zwaak (Utrecht)
Lalaine Sadiwa Stormorken (Oslo)