The Short Course began in October 1997 and has run very successfully every year since then. The Short Course has helped many people from all over the world and from different working backgrounds develop their knowledge and understanding of human rights law.
Students have come from many countries including:
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
Our alumni includes graduate students, ministry of foreign affairs and attorney general officials, prosecutors, judges, lawyers, ombudsmen, UN field operations, NGO and national human rights commission staff, army and police officers.
In January 2019, HRLC welcomed Usama Al-Tesheh on its International Human Rights Law Short Course. He was awarded an Anamax Foundation Scholarship. Usama started working with the Refugee Status Determination Unit of UNHCR in Syria in 2012. He is now a Senior Protection Officer with over 8 years of experience working with refugees.
Usama came on the course in order to strengthen his legal skills in relation to International Refugee Law and International Criminal Law with an aim to provide substantive legal advice to his team and to train and support his colleagues.
You can read the full interview with Usama and his research paper on the Protection of Child Soldiers under International Law and The Application of Refugee Status Criteria Based on the 1951 Refugee Convention.
In Autumn 2013, HRLC welcomed Danusa Nascimento on its International Human Rights Short Course.
Danusa has over 15 years' experience working as a consultant for the corporate sector and not-for-profit organisations. She also spent three years at the Sultanate of Oman supporting three large companies to create the first Tripartite Foundation in the country.
Danusa was looking to expand her knowledge of international human rights law and was drawn to the HRLC short course by its combination of theory and practice and the opportunity to attend additional LLM modules.
Read the full interview with Danusa
Aung Moe Nyo
In September 2012, HRLC was honoured to welcome Aung Moe Nyo as a participant on the International Human Rights Law Short Course.
Aung is a Member of Parliament in his home country Burma, elected in the legendary by-elections of April 2012. Aung has a strong commitment to advancing the rule of law and enjoyment of human rights in Burma which led him to join the short course.
Aung aims to educate fellow Members of Parliament and the Burmese people with the information attained at the HRLC and hopes for future development of human rights in Burma.
Read an interview with Aung published in HRLC's Winter 2013 Newsletter
Gabriela Carina Albuquerque e Silva
In Autumn 2009, HRLC welcomed Gabriela Carina Albuquerque e Silva on its International Human Rights Short Course.
She is a Brazilian national and started her career as a judge in 1998, adjudicating civil and criminal cases in juvenile justice. The Brazilian judiciary entrusted her with monitoring detention conditions and prisoner rights in Sao Paulo's maximum security prison. She subsequently developed and implemented a nationwide programme for the enhancement of the administration of justice, which was completed in 2008.
Her appointment as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Lawyers and Judges in Summer 2009 by the UN Human Rights Council prompted her decision to participate in the Short Course to further improve her familiarity with international human rights mechanisms and practice. The benefits of the Autumn short course prompted her to undertake the Spring short course as well. She credits the broad spectrum of the modules offered as useful in helping her expand her knowledge beyond her previous national experience to the international human rights domain.
Read an Interview with Gabriela published in the HRLC's Winter 2010 Newsletter