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FAQs about Short Courses

General

  1. How do I register for a course place?
  2. Are there any discounts for LSE alumni?
  3. Can I pay in instalments?
  4. Are there any subsidised places?
  5. When should I register?
  6. What is your cancellation policy?
  7. What materials will I be provided with?
  8. What will I get at the end of the course?

Certificate in International Human Rights Law and Practice

  1. Who is the course suitable for?
  2. What will the course cover?
  3. Who is teaching on the course?
  4. Where and when is the course held?
  5. Is the course accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points?
  6. What is the cost of taking the course?
  7. Why take this course?

General

  1. How do I register for a course place?

Follow the link to the LSE online shop and book and pay securely. ^|

  1. Are there any discounts for LSE alumni?

LSE alumni, current staff and students are eligible for a 10% discount on the standard course fee. In order to claim the discount, please contact us from your staff or student email account or, if Alumni, with the year of your graduation and programme of study. Once your eligibility has been verified you will be provided with a discount code that you can use when booking online.^|

  1. Can I pay in instalments?

Payment by instalment is only possible for those who are paying by cheque. If booking online using a credit or debit card, the full amount must be paid in one transaction on the online shop. 

The course fee must be paid in full before the start of the course. For those who are registering more than six weeks before the start of the course, a deposit of £500 is sufficient to reserve a place. The balance must, however, be paid seven days before the start of the course.

Please note that the option to pay in instalments is available only to individuals, and not to those whom organisations are sponsoring directly. ^|

  1. Are there any subsidised places?

Yes, a number of subsidised places are available on each short course, for the benefit of those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Applications for these places are competitively assessed, on the basis of merit and financial need.

The Centre is unable to offer any financial or practical support in relation to travel and accommodation. ^|

  1. When should I register?

Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis, and the registration process will be closed once all places on the course are taken. You are advised to register early, to avoid disappointment. ^|

  1. What is your cancellation policy?

You may make a substitution without charge at any time before the start of the course, but all cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If your cancellation is received more than four weeks before the start of the course, you will be eligible for a full refund. If your cancellation is received between two and four weeks before the start of the course, 50% of the course fee will be retained and, if you cancel less than two weeks before, the course fee is entirely non-refundable. If written notification is not received and you do not attend, the full course fee will be retained as a cancellation charge. ^|

  1. What materials will I be provided with?

A full course pack, together with supplementary materials, will be provided at the first session in a large file and on USB storage device. In addition:

Participants on two-day courses ('Understanding Children's Human Rights' and 'Understanding Women's Human Rights') will be sent executive summaries of all papers in advance of the course.

Participants on Monday evening courses ('Law, War and Human Rights' or 'International Human Rights Law and Practice') will have access and borrowing rights at the LSE Library for the duration of the course. ^|

  1. What will I get at the end of the course?

The certificate of attendance will be awarded to all those who attend at least nine of the ten course sessions in the case of the ten-week certificate programme, all sessions in the case of the six week course or all sessions in the case of the two-day courses. ^|

Certificate in International Human Rights Law and Practice

  1. Who is the course suitable for?

The course is designed to attract professional participants who are or will be leaders in their fields. This includes civil servants, judges, barristers, solicitors, legislators (or those involved in the legislative process), business people and NGO representatives. Interested members of the general public who want to improve their knowledge of human rights are also welcome. A university degree will normally be required as a condition of acceptance on the course. ^|

  1. What will the course cover?

The ten core components of the course are as follows:

  • Human rights: philosophy, politics or law? Background, history and foundational principles
  • Regional mechanisms for promoting and protecting human rights
  • The international institutional framework for promoting and protecting human rights
  • Defending civil rights: prohibiting torture, protecting life, guaranteeing a fair trial and preventing arbitrary detention
  • Economic, social and cultural rights and how they are enforced
  • Human rights as democratic values: participatory rights in practice
  • The relationship between international human rights and rights of refugees
  • Equality and minority rights: the enforcement of protection from discrimination
  • People’s rights: indigenous people, the right to self-determination and third generation rights
  • Rights in the private sphere: non-state actors, paramilitary organisations, regulating business and other private relationships    
  1. Who is teaching on the course?

This course is taught by a team of leading barristers and distinguished academic experts. In 2014 they include: Iain Byrne, Professor Christine Chinkin, Professor Andrew Clapham, Jane Gordon and Professor Philip Leach ^|

  1. Where and when is the course held?

The course sessions are held on consecutive Monday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE (click here for a How to get to LSE| location map).

Two optional discussion seminars will be held at 6.30-8.30pm on other days during the ten-week course. ^|

  1. Is the course accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points?

Yes, the course is accredited by the Bar Standards Board and the Law Society for 20 CPD points. ^|

  1. What is the cost of taking the course?

The course fee is £1,970. ^|

  1. Why take this course?
  • Delivers a comprehensive understanding of internationally recognised human rights instruments and standards
  • Explains how human rights standards work and shows how they can be applied in practice
  • Offers access to leading human rights practitioners and academics
  • Provides a coherent account of international human rights institutions
  • Shows the relevance of international human rights law to domestic law
  • Identifies how human rights standards influence the development of law and policy
  • Improves critical awareness of key issues in contemporary human rights
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