Training on the Protection of Human Rights & Environment

GENEVA 7 -11 MARCH 2016

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Deadlines for application:
  26 January 2016 for applicants requiring visa for Switzerland
  12 February 2016 for applicants not requiring visa for Switzerland
Contact: hrsandenvironment@geneva-academy.ch

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED

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Aim and Objectives of the Training | Programme | Training organizers &confirmed lecturers  | Who should apply | Training organizers | Certification | Application procedure | Fees | Housing

 

Aim and Objectives of the Training


This training is intended for environmentalists and human rights advocates, staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national environmental and human rights institutions, representatives of governments, and staff of United Nations (UN) bodies and other international organizations, as well as members of academia. It will provide participants with a broad understanding of the synergies and tensions between the legal protection of human rights and the environment, and an in-depth knowledge on how to promote environmental protection through existing human rights mechanisms.

 At the end of the training, participants will be:
 
•    Familiar with the most prominent international legal instruments for the promotion of human rights and the conservation of the environment, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on Biological Diversity and Protocols, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Aarhus Convention, and the UNESCO World Heritage Convention;
•    Knowledgeable about the different UN mechanisms mandated to protect and promote internationally recognized human rights and the conservation of the environment, and how the agendas of the specialized agencies intersect;
•    Conversant with the roles of civil society, national and international environmental and human rights institutions, governments, and non-state actors in relation to the protection of human rights and the environment;
•    Able to identify and effectively describe synergies and tensions in the realization of human rights and the protection of the environment,
•    Able to adapt their advocacy plans and devise new strategies to make better use of the UN mechanisms.
 

Programme


The training programme covers the following topics and sessions:
    An introduction to the main international human rights and environmental law instruments, and an in-depth discussion on the nature of State obligations under the two legal regimes as well as the entitlements and responsibilities of individuals, groups and other private actors.
•    Rights to information and participation in environment-related decision-making and right to remedy in case of environmental nuisance;
•    Responsibilities of the business sector;
•    Sustainable Development Goals;
•    The rights of indigenous peoples and traditional local communities, the concept of environmental refugees, gender-related rights, the protection of human rights and environmental activists;
•    The human rights dimension of environmental protection in land and water management, biodiversity, climate change and UNESCO nominated natural sites;
•    Using international human rights mechanisms to litigate for the environment;
 

Training Organizers & Confirmed Lecturers


The training course is hosted and organized by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (a joint center of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva). Course lecturers are members of the Geneva Academy, renowned scholars and senior professionals from international organizations and non-profits, including the Graduate Institute, the University of Geneva, the University of Cambridge, the Center for International Environmental Law, and the Aarhus Convention Secretariat. The training course will have a special session with John Knox, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment.

Confirmed lecturers:
Professor John Knox, Wake Forest University and UN Special Rapporteur on Environment and Human Rights
Dr. Adriana Bessa, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Dr. Christophe Golay, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Yves Lador, consultant and permanent representative of Earthjustice
Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, University of Geneva
Dr. Marcos Orellana, Center for International Environmental Law
Professor Francesco Francioni, European University Institute
Professor Jorge Viñuales, University of CambridgeProfessor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, University of Geneva
Professor Elisa Morgera, University of Edinburgh
Professor Jonas Ebbesson, Stockholm University and Chair of Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee
Mara Tignino, Senior Researcher, Lecturer and Coordinator of the Platform for International Water Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva
Sebastien Duyck, Research Fellow, University of Bern & Visiting Researcher, Arctic Centre / University of Lapland.
Joanna Bourke-Martignoni, Research Fellow, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Kristin Casper, Litigation Counsel for the Climate Justice and Liability Project, Greenpeace Canada.

 

Who should apply?


This training aims to suit the needs of experienced staff of environmental, human rights and development organizations, in particular national environmental and human rights institutions, representatives of governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), members of academia as well as staff from UN agencies and other international organizations who want to enhance their knowledge on the relationship between the protection of human rights and environmental preservation and devise new strategies to make better use of UN mechanisms to advocate for the environment. The professional groups targeted are: advocacy/human rights/environmental/legal officers, project managers, researchers.
 

Training organizers


The training is hosted and organized by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Lecturers include members of the Geneva Academy, renowned academic scholars, as well as senior professionals from international organizations and NGOs. The training course will have a special session with John Knox, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment.
 

Certification


Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate of participation from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
 

Application procedure




Important deadlines for application


26 January 2016: Applicants requiring visas to enter Switzerland;
12 February 2016: Applicants who do not require visas to enter Switzerland.
 

Fees


The training fee for this 5-day intensive program is 1530-Swiss francs (CHF) and it includes: tuition costs, course materials, 5 lunches and refreshments during coffee breaks. Please note that a 30% discount is granted  for PhD and master students. The fee is payable upon confirmation of participation.


Once your confirmation of participation has been issued, you are kindly asked to proceed to the payment at the latest one week prior to the beginning of the training. In case of limited availability, the first payment will secure the candidate's participation in priority over late payments. Failure to pay will not allow you to attend the training.
 

All participants are responsible for their own travel costs to Geneva, including Swiss visa fees, as well as dinners (approximately CHF 30 per meal) in Geneva. Lunch will be provided throughout the course. The organizers are willing to provide administrative support for obtaining your visa and information about accommodation.

 ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE ABLE TO COVER THE EXPENSES OF PARTICIPATION. THE ACADEMY DOES NOT OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS OR TUITION WAIVER

 

Housing


Accommodation in Geneva is expensive. For this reason, we encourage you to: look for accommodation in student residences; start searching as soon as you are accepted into the programme; apply for numerous options; follow your applications closely.

The Geneva Academy can arrange the following accommodation:

  • Single rooms with private bathroom : CHF 100.-/night
  • Single rooms with shared bathroom: CHF 85.-/night
  • 2 lodges (one-bedroom apartment) : CHF 95.-/night
     

The rooms will be distributed on a first come first served basis. For more information or application: hrsandenvironment@geneva-academy.ch

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