Customized training courses

Our Training Hub organizes customized training courses for international organizations, NGOs, governments or National Human Rights Institutions related to their engagement with the United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms or on specific human rights.

These courses are tailored to the needs of partners and audiences and combine the Geneva Academy’s human rights expertise with the network and outreach of the Geneva Human Rights Platform. Their design and content are elaborated in close coordination with the partners.

Located in the heart of International Geneva at our headquarters Villa Moynier, our customized training courses can run from one day to a full week. They can also take place online. Upon successful completion of the course, all participants receive a Certificate of Participation from the Geneva Human Rights Platform.

Should you be interested to organize such a customized training course, please do not hesitate to contact us at

The UN in Geneva

The United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms

1–5 November 2021

The GHRP- in collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights - delivered its annual training course on the UN Human Rights Mechanisms to academic representatives from Malaysia, China and Vietnam. Providing practical insight into the work of UN human rights mechanisms, the course was designed to facilitate their active participation and engagement in the work, implementation, and follow-up of recommendations emanating from the Universal Periodic Review and Treaty Bodies.

Polluted beach with plastic

Protecting Human Rights and the Environment

18–29 October 2021

This online training course for Latin American NGOs representatives – conducted in Spanish and carried out in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – explored the different United Nations human rights mechanisms pertinent to advance environmental issues and protect environmental human rights defenders. The training course also addressed the synergies and tensions between international human rights law and international environmental law.

A woman working in agriculture

Promoting and Protecting Women’s Human Rights

13–17 September 2021

This online customized training – carried out in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – provided professionals working on human rights issues in Asia with substantive and procedural knowledge of United Nations human rights mechanisms and their role in guaranteeing effective promotion and protection of women’s human rights, in particular their economic, social, and cultural rights.

A session of the UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms

February 2021

This customized training on United Nations human rights mechanisms was conducted for staff of the Moroccan National inter-ministerial delegation on human rights, in a collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

A session of the UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms

9 – 13 November 2020

In partnership with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, this annual one-week customized training course is an opportunity for academic partners from various countries to develop a rare practitioner’s insight into the functioning of UN human rights institutions based in Geneva through a mixture of lectures delivered by experts and attendance of the Universal Periodic Review and Treaty Body sessions.

I find myself greatly enriched by the diverse set of topics covered in this course. The course was extremely well curated covering nearly all significant topics relating to women’s human rights. Each session was distinct in its coverage of a specific topic and the course instructor as well as the guest speakers displayed impressive depth of knowledge of the topics they presented along with evidence of their practical field experiences of working in dedicated areas of women’s human rights.

Aliya Hashmi Khan