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Success of new evening course at LSE highlights interest in human rights

A new evening course on International Human Rights Law and Practice at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), is fully subscribed and begins at LSE today (Monday 4 October).

The ten week course is run by LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights| and aims to give lawyers and professionals an overview of human rights principles and their origins. All places have been filled, with organisations represented including central government, large NGOs, embassies, solicitors' firms and legal advice centres.

Lecturers on the course will include LSE professors Christine Chinkin, Conor Gearty and Christopher Greenwood QC. Other speakers will include leading barristers, including Nick Blake QC, Edward Fitzgerald QC, Rabinder Singh QC, Keir Starmer QC and Cherie Booth QC.

The course will deliver a comprehensive understanding of internationally-recognised human rights instruments and standards, which is vital to successful modern practice.

Participants will learn how human rights standards work and how they can be applied in practice, and will be provided with a coherent account of international human rights institutions. The course aims to improve critical awareness of key issues in contemporary human rights, show the relevance of international human rights law to domestic law, and improve critical awareness of key issues in contemporary human rights.

Professor Conor Gearty, Rausing Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE, said: 'The success of this certificate shows that there is tremendous interest in international human rights across the whole of society and a desire to understand the subject in a way that gets behind the day to day stories and through to its very foundations.'

The Centre will be running the course again during the next academic year. Contact Joy Whyte for further information and registration forms for future courses, email: j.m.whyte@lse.ac.uk| 

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Contact: Joy Whyte, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, tel: 020 7955 6428, email: j.m.whyte@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

International Human Rights Law and Practice involves two 50 minute lectures every Monday evening from 6 to 8pm, from 4 October to 6 December. It costs £1,450. Practical and written exercises are used throughout to test understanding and a certificate of attendance is awarded on successful completion.

The course co-ordinator is Jonathan Cooper, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and editor of the European Human Rights Law Review. He is an internationally recognised expert in human rights education and training.

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE was launched in autumn 2000. Thanks to the generous support of The Sigrid Rausing Trust, Professor Gearty has been the full-time director since October 2002. The Centre draws upon LSE's considerable expertise and resources in the social sciences to develop its programmes of teaching, research and outreach in the field of human rights.

4 October 2004

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