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The 10th Human Rights Academy will be held at the Institute for Human Rights of CUPL from 2nd to 13th July, 2018.

The 10th Human Rights Academy is organized by Prof. Wei Zhang, Co-Director of Institute for Human Rights, CUPL. Summer School will be taught in English by foreign scholars.


Guests Introduction:

Gudmundur Alfredsson

Focus on: Introduction to International Human Rights Law; Civil and Political Rights; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Minority and Indigenous Rights; How to get a UN job.


Gudmundur Alfredsson, Master of Comparative Jurisprudence (MCJ) from New York University Law School, and Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) from Harvard Law School. He served as International civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat in New York (Office of Legal Affairs) and Geneva (Centre for Human Rights). Gudmundur Alfredsson has been awarded Honorary Member of the Indian Society of International Law, 2009; Knight of the Icelandic Falcon Order (Fálkaorean, awarded by the President in December 1998); Commander-first grade-of the Swedish Polar Star (Nordstjärnan, awarded by the King in November 1998).

Barry Craig

Focus on: The Enlightenment Foundation of (Western) Human Rights Theory.

Barry Craig is the Principal of Huron University in London ON, Canada. Dr. Barry Craig holds a BA from the University of Kings College, an MA from Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wales.

Brian Burdekin AO

Focus on: National Human Rights Institutions; Business and Human Rights; The Convention against Torture; How to get a UN job.

Brian Burdekin is a Visiting Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden, International Adviser to National Human Rights Institutions in Africa, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe, and lectures widely on the role of NHRIs. In the past 25 years he has helped to establish such Commissions in over 70 countries.

Bert Lockwood

Focus on: Human Rights and the United States; Women's Human Rights; Human Rights NGOs.

Bert Lockwood is the Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the renowned Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, the first endowed institute at an American law school devoted to the study of international human rights. Since 1982, he has been editor-in-chief of the Human Rights Quarterly and has been involved in international human rights for over 40 years.

Florence Benoit-Rohmer

Focus on: Freedom of Religion; European Human Rights Protection Mechanisms.

Florence Benoit-Rohmer holds a PhD in Public Law, President of the Université Robert Schuman (URS), Strasbourg from 2003 to 2008. She is also a member of the scientific committees of several international journals specialized in human rights, and in particular minority rights. Her research interests range from the study of Fundamental Rights in the EU, the Council of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights and other conventions.

Christophe Peschoux

Focus on: Introduction to UN human rights mechanisms: Special Procedures; Introduction to UN human rights mechanisms: Universal Periodic Review; Human Rights and Cultural Values.

Christophe Peschoux, he is the head of the section of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights supporting the work of six special procedures mandate holders since January 2014. He studied political and moral philosophy; history and civilizations of Southeast Asia; and rural development in the universities of Montpellier, Paris VII and Geneva (1977-1980). Christophe Peschoux has been working for the past 30 years in the fields of humanitarian, human rights and refugee protection.

Sara Macdonald

Focus on: Feminism, Women’s Rights and Popular Culture.

Sara Macdonald is a Professor and the Director of the Great Books Program at St. Thomas University, a liberal arts college in Fredericton NB, Canada. She obtained her BA from St Thomas University and her MA and Ph.D. from Fordham University.

Petter Wille

Focus on: International Human Rights Law; Human Rights in Norway.

Petter Wille took up the function as the director of Norway’s national human rights institution since 1 January 2016. He was a teacher and external examiner of human rights, administrative law and international law at the University of Oslo. He hold the position as Chairman of a working group established by the UN Commission on Human Rights on the establishment of a Permanent Forum for Indigenous People. He was also appointed as Chairman of the rapporteur group for human rights in the Council of Europe.


Wonderful Review:

How to Apply:

The 10th Human Rights Summer Academy will be organized in two parts: “International Human Rights Protection and Monitoring Mechanism” (2nd to 6th July) and “Legal Protection of Human rights” (9th to 13th July). The Institute for Human Rights will select about 60 people who should have a college degree, preferably in law or with some studies in law.

Furthermore, the course is offered to participants free of charge. Transportation expenses and accommodation should be paid by participants on your own. All relevant information and the application form are available on our website:


You are kindly requested to fill out the application form and send that to the Registration E-mail at hra_cupl@163.com  

Once your application form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation note. Applications should be submitted by June 15, 2018.


Programme Description:

Since 2009, Institute for Human Rights at China University of Political Science and Law offered opportunities for international as well as domestic university students and social workers to participate in the Human Rights Summer Course and communicate with world-class scholars as well as fantastically brilliant teachers of human rights. It aims at helping students expand their understanding of the developing processes and basic principles of human rights, strengthening the comprehension according to the international human rights. Up to now, over one thousand students from some 50 Chinese and foreign universities participated in this program.

The 10th CUPL Human Right Summer Academy has been supported by the Ministry of Education of PRC, China University of Political Science and Law, Beiqi Foton Co. Ltd., United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, Emory University, Huron University College and Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.


For more information please contact:

Ms. Zihan Yan

Summer Academy Coordinator

Institute for Human Rights

China University of Political Science and Law

Tel: + (86) 10 5890-8428

E-mail: hra_cupl@163.com

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