Human Rights Law Centre

Bespoke Training and Capacity Building

Providing custom designed human rights training tailored to your specific needs

Human rights education and training is essential for the promotion of universal respect for and observance of all human rights and fundamental fredoms for all, in accordance with the principles of the universality, indivisibility and interdependence of human rights.

(Art. 1.2 UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training)

As one of the leading and best known university-based human rights institutions, the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) is able to devise and implement tailor-made training and capacity-building programmes to suit your needs. Since 1993, we have offered... 


Highly experienced training staff

HRLC Co-Directors,  Professor David Harris and  Professor Dominic McGoldrick, are internationally respected experts in human rights law and bring significant experience in advising and training public officials. They have written extensively on international human rights issues and have provided human rights training to high level government officials and other organisations in a wide range of different countries globally.

HRLC bespoke training courses benefit from our extensive network of highly-skilled trainers and facilitators who cover a broad range of human rights related issues to suit the particular needs of your organisation. Each professional has an excellent research profile and/or extensive practical experience and high international reputation in their respective field. Part of this network comprises The University of Nottingham School of Law which is one of Britain's top Law schools and houses a number of global experts in international law.

For more information about some of our trainers, please see our Centre Members and Fellows and Staff pages.

Our trainers have an extremely broad range of expertise in core human rights issues and topics, including:

  • International Human Rights System and its Standards, including civil and political, economic, social and cultural rights and third generation rights
  • Regional and national human rights protection mechanisms
  • Compliance with European Human Rights Standards
  • Independent Monitoring of Human Rights
  • National Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
  • British criminal justice system

Flexibility in delivery

HRLC training courses are designed in direct consultation with our clients to ensure course content and methods are appropriate for the needs, experience and roles of participants.


HRLC has the capacity to tailor course length to meet participants' needs and availability, typically ranging from one day to two weeks, also distributed over a longer period of time.


HRLC's broad network of trainers, partners and collaborators can provide targeted human rights training on a wide range of human rights issues. The background, skills and professional interests of each training group are reviewed in a consultation process and course content is consequently tailored to meet exact needs.


HRLC has extensive experience in delivering courses and training in-house in Nottingham, on location at the client's premises or in a mutually convenient location or even remotely through distance learning. We will ensure that the method of delivery is effectively tailored to meet your and your participants' needs.

Language support

HRLC understands the importance of communication. While most training takes place in English, we are able to provide both consecutive and simultaneous interpretation. We can advise our clients on the most appropriate method of interpretation and ensure that the programme content reflects the chosen method. Recordings of simultaneous interpretation can also be made available, as well as in-class language support, or language classes at the University's modern Language Centre.


Effective training methods

HRLC uses a range of pedagogically appropriate training methods to ensure that participants receive targeted training and capacity building, appropriate to their needs, experience and positions. Methods include: 


Prior to the programme start, participants receive comprehensive reading packs, comprising materials on module topics, facilitator profiles and study visit background information.

Advanced study

Advanced study seminars delivered by experienced trainers, provide in-depth legal and theoretical groundings to each subject area before considering the realities of practice, challeges and practical solutions.

Skills transfer

Throughout the programme the experience and expertise of the participants is acknowledged by interactive teaching methodologies and group work opportunities to facilitate peer to peer skills transfer. Training methods are highly participatory and specific interactive exercises, such as the use of case studies, are developed to fit the needs, experience and level of expertise of the partipants.

Practitioner dialogues

Participants meet appropriate practitioners such as judges and legal professionals as well as governmental and civic society representatives. This gives participants first hand insight into how practitioners engage with issues covered in the training programme and allows them to develop networks appropriate to their work.

Study visits

Study visits supplement the theoretical seminars by providing participants with opportunities to increase their knowledge of and gain first-hand insight into the working mechanisms of key political and/or judicial institutions relevant to the theme of the training course.

HRLC and School of Law activities

During training courses in Nottingham participants are encouraged to attend the diverse range of activities organised regularly by the HRLC and the School of Law, such as the extensive programme of visiting speakers, as well as other public seminars and events. Attendance at these events allows participants to mix with academics and students from all over the world, giving them the opportunity to exchange views and perspectives about human rights issues worldwide.


Participants are given the chance to evaluate the quality of the training course openly in a feedback session with the programme organisers and/or anonymously by means of a satisfaction questionnaire.


At the conclusion of the course participants receive a certificate of attendance. All course materials and course memorabilia are made available to the participants electronically and/or in hard copy.


Previous clients

HRLC's previous clients have included government officials, legal professionals, members of the judiciary, national human rights institutions, international organisations and UN missions as well as civil society from across the globe. See examples of previous bespoke courses.

What our clients say...

I felt privileged to be on this course. The use of the external speakers was excellent. Topics were on the money. I feel equipped to do my job now. 
An inspirational course.  What a fantastic selection of talented people! I learned a huge amount and it will significantly enhance my work. 
Very relevant, useful and interesting. Of real practical value.  Invaluable training. Really worth the time out of the office. 
One of the best courses I have attended. Felt course attendees were brought into discussion with challenging and pertinent questions. 

To discuss your training needs and how HRLC can help you meet them, please contact HRLC Co-ordinator, Agnes Flues, +44 (0)115 846 8506.  

Previous training courses

HRLC has delivered training to, amongst others, delegations from:

  • UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • UK Department for International Development
  • Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights
  • Office of the Judiciary of Thailand
  • Bahrain's National Institution for Human Rights
  • Office of the Attorney General in Fiji and Samoa
  • UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  • UN Field Missions in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Bahrain Ministry of Human Rights and Social Development
  • Sudanese National Human Rights Commission


List of previous training courses


  • Awareness and Practitioner level human rights training for FCO diplomats (2012-2014)
  • 25th Annual Advanced Law of War Course (June 2014)
  • African Prisons Project (March, October 2014)









  • Human Rights Training for the National Staff of the UN missions in Afghanistan and Iraq (August - December 2006)




Human Rights Law Centre

School of Law
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

+44 (0)115 846 8506