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Centre for the Study of Human Rights
London School of Economics and Political Science
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London WC2A 2AE

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Human Rights Courses

The Centre's human rights teaching includes the multidisciplinary MSc Human Rights and a series of short Certificate courses examining different aspects of human rights principles and practice. Each course runs once each year. 

Women's Human Rights
2 day course (2018 dates tbc)

This unique and original two-day course examines the international human rights law framework that guarantees the rights of women and critically evaluate its potential to challenge core obstacles undermining the effective protection of women’s rights in the world today.
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Business and Human Rights 
Registration is open
2 day course (4 -5 July, 2017)

This short course on Business and Human Rights has been designed to offer a wide range of professionals an intensive look at two key business and human rights issues: shareholder engagement and activism and access to remedy for business-related human rights harms. The two-day course will explore each of these issues providing the latest research, up-to-the-minute policy developments and will describe some of the more innovative company practices and civil society approaches in both areas. Through a mixture of lecture, role plays and group discussions, this course will offer participants a unique opportunity to engage with the course teachers who are leading professionals from business, multilateral organisations, civil society and academia in the business and human rights field.
International Human Rights Law and Practice
Registration is open
10 Monday evening classes, (October - December 2017) 

Run in collaboration with leading practitioners in the human rights field, this ten week course provides a comprehensive understanding of human rights principles, their origins, the institutions responsible for their enforcement and how their content is determined.
Human Rights Advocacy
Registration is open
2 day course (16 - 17 November 2017)

This course will provide you with the latest academic analysis of the theory and practice of human rights advocacy. The course considers tools of advocacy: lobbying to change laws and policies, litigation and human rights documentation, social media campaigns, and street protests and demonstrations.  Participants will learn how to select effective advocacy tools and targets, the usefulness (or otherwise) of framing a problem as a human rights issue, the identification of key objectives for change, and the tricky business of measuring success.
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Law, War and Human Rights 
Registration is open
This course is subject to revision and will be offered as a two day course, (2018 dates tbc)

This course examines the laws of war and international criminal law from the perspective of international human rights law. It confronts the crucial questions: are human rights law, the laws of war and international criminal law three distinct disciplines? Have they now become so entwined that it is not possible fully to understand one without some knowledge of the other?

Understanding Children's Human Rights
2-day course (Not currently scheduled)
This practically-focussed two day course places in perspective international human rights law as it affects children.
The next date for this course is not yet scheduled. Join our mailing list or connect via our social networks to be updated. 



Our Masters in human rights offers a concentrated 12 month (or 24 months, part-time) engagement with the foundations of, and key problems in, human rights. Based in the department of Sociology, students interact with a number of disciplines so that the broadest definition of human rights can be explored.

The core course is 'Approaches to Human Rights' - a multi-disciplinary course that provides students with a rigorous and focused engagement with three central disciplinary perspectives on the subject of human rights: philosophy, sociology and law (international and domestic).

The course aims to provide students with contending interpretations of human rights as idea and practice from the different standpoints that these disciplines present (including debates from within and between the disciplines), and to investigate explicitly the particular knowledge claims and modes of reasoning that the respective disciplines engage. Further, the course applies the insights of disciplinary frameworks of understanding to key human rights issues such as the right to life, free speech, genocide, transitional justice, group rights, poverty, globalization, terrorism and civil liberties.

The 10,000 word dissertation provides an opportunity to investigate further a subject of particular interest. We encourage students to concentrate on specific case studies, laws or problems and critically to apply their human rights knowledge. In previous years dissertations have dealt with, for example, the changes in American foreign policy in the Middle East after September 11; international financial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa; Japanese social structure and women's human rights; public protest and the freedom of political expression in the UK; transitional justice; and child soldiers.

With a wide choice of modules from within Sociology and many other departments, the MSc can be tailored to particular interests. Our students have a broad range of backgrounds, nationalities, ages, and academic and professional qualifications. Each year we see their diversity enhancing the challenges they pose to each other on the issues raised by their studies. Equally, their career paths are diverse, depending on their experience, interest and ambition. The MSc is not a vocational qualification, rather it is a guide to critical thinking about human rights as an object of study and a matter of policy, intervention and practice.

We are now closed for applications for 2017/18 entry.

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