Internet course "International Protection of Human Rights"



Human Rights Institute of the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law offers Internet course "International Protection of Human Rights" to the law students. This course is organised by the Institute for Human Rights at ┼bo Akademi University (Finland) and it is the result of Finnish-Baltic co-operation between the Institute for Human Rights at ┼bo Akademi University, the Faculty of Law at Tartu University (Estonia), Human Rights Institute of the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law at Vilnius University (Lithuania) and the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights / Law University of Lithuania.

The Professor in this course is Dr. Martin Scheinin, Director of this Institute, as well as Member of the UN Human Rights Committee. Local lecturer in Latvia is MÔrti˛­ Mits, Acting Director of Human Rights Institute of the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law. The course is held in English and the number of participants is limited to 10 students from each university. Considering the amount of work in this course - within one week students have to make a study of 100 pages from the textbook and decisions of international organizations - the Institute for Human Rights at ┼bo Akademi University affords to the successful students up to 7,5 ECTS. In the University of Latvia it is included as optional course (part B) for the 4th year law students into the Faculty of Law curriculum. The successful students can add 2 credit points to their list of credit points.

The course is intended to deepen the knowledge in human rights law, to improve understanding of the relationships between international human rights law and national law, to develop skills in using human rights resources. Studies are both individual in studying course materials and collective in discussions with other students and teachers. The course covers primarily questions relating to the procedure under the European Convention on Human Rights, freedom of expression, the right to fair trial, non-discrimination and minority rights, economic and social rights, as well as the right to liberty and non-refoulment.

The course work is divided into following parts:
  • a one - day introductory seminar with a teacher from Finland,
  • individual studies and preparation of assignments,
  • internet discussions,
  • regular meetings with a local teacher,
  • final course work and a final seminar with the local teacher.

    For further information about this course, please contact Ms. Kati Frostell, Course Coordinator, Institute for Human Rights at ┼bo Akademi University via e-mail kfrostel@abo.fi.