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A thirst for human rights law - LSE evening class certificate course offers twice as many places in 2005

Demand has been so high for an LSE ten week evening course in human rights law that the School is offering two more courses in 2005, with some half price places available for those with limited funds.

The International Human Rights Law and Practice certificate course was run for the first time in autumn 2004 and was fully subscribed with 40 participants. As anticipated, students included a mix of civil servants, barristers, solicitors, those involved in the legislative process, business people and NGO representatives.

Lecturers on the course include LSE Professors Christine Chinkin, Conor Gearty, and Christopher Greenwood QC. Other speakers include leading barristers Nick Blake QC, Cherie Booth QC, Rabinder Singh QC and Keir Starmer QC. Course convener Jonathan Cooper is 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.

In 2005, LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights, which runs the course, is also offering five half price places, in support of those who might otherwise be unable to take the certificate. Applications will be considered on the basis of both merit and financial need.

Previous course participants described the 2004 course as 'superb' with 'great calibre of speakers - very knowledgeable and experienced.' Another said: 'The course was extremely good. What I appreciated most was the opportunity to consider and study human rights for the pure sake of it - not having to do an exam. Monday nights became an oasis in an otherwise hectic professional life, when I could stop and think more broadly.'

Professor Conor Gearty, Rausing director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, said: 'The success of this course reflects the thirst there is among members of the public for in depth knowledge about human rights. In bringing together experts in the field of international human rights law, and critically examining the impact of this code of law upon practice, the course addresses several issues of central importance in this age of human rights.'

A full brochure and application pack can be can be downloaded at Centre for the Study of Human Rights|

For more information, contact Joy Whyte: email: j.m.whyte@lse.ac.uk|, tel: 020 7955 6428, or visit the Centre's website: http://www.lse.ac.uk/humanrights| 



The course involves two 50 minute lectures every Monday evening from 6 to 8pm, from 18 April to 4 July, or 3 October to 5 December. It costs £1,490 (VAT exempt), with practical exercises throughout to test understanding and a certificate of attendance awarded on successful completion. A ten per cent discount is offered to LSE alumni and current students.

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights was established at LSE in 2000. Professor Gearty appointed full-time director in October 2002, with the generous support of The Sigrid Rausing Trust.

The course leaflet has been distributed with the assistance of Sweet & Maxwell.

12 January 2005