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E-learning course: Protection of Internally Displaced Persons (26 October – 6 December, 2016)

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    The Human Rights Centre of the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) is issuing its final call for applications for the upcoming six week specialized professional development online course on ‘Protection of Internally Displaced Persons‘ beginning from 26 October, 2016. The course can also be taken as part of the Professional Development Online Diploma programme on ‘Forced Displaced and Human Rights‘, enrollments for which are accepted on a rolling basis.

    Course Description

    This certificate course introduces learners to the various dimensions of human rights protection as it applies to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The rise of internal conflicts in the last couple of decades, accompanied with natural disasters in many poorest parts of the world, has led to emergence of more than 27 million IDPs today. It is obvious that their particularly vulnerable situation creates deep inroads into their human rights. This course addresses the international legal principles and guidelines for protection of IDPs, and the operational challenges to their protection and durable solutions. The course is designed to provide a contemporary flavour to the topic using recent and emerging crises situations around the world as case examples. The course begins with an overview of the contexts in which IDPs emerge in today’s world, before addressing the international and regional legal frameworks for the protection of their human rights. The institutional dimension of operational responses is then analyzed by understanding and deconstructing the Cluster Approach, as well as the role of UNHCR in the protection of IDPs. The role of civil society as well as gender dimensions of protection of IDPs is then analyzed. Finally, the course looks at the possible durable solutions and contemporary challenges thereto in the context of IDPs.

    This e-learning course is based on a dynamic pedagogy including reading materials, video clips, case studies, and interactive webinars with the instructor as well as officials of UNHCR.

    Course Outline

    • Week 1. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in today’s world
    • Week 2. IDPs and Human Rights: The international and regional legal frameworks
    • Week 3. The Cluster Approach, and the role of UNHCR and civil society
    • Week 4. Gender dimensions of Protection of IDPs
    • Week 5. Durable Solutions
    • Week 6. Contemporary challenges to protection of IDPs

    Who Should Apply

    The course is intended for staff members of NGOs and government agencies advocating for and working on the protection of IDPs, staff of inter-governmental agencies and others interested in these issues. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

    About the Instructor

    Jan Hessbruegge, (MALD) works as a United Nations human rights officer for the United Nations since 2005, where he has worked for the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, United Nations peacekeeping missions in Sudan and Haiti, the Commissions of Inquiry on Human Rights in Syria and North Korea, the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and the Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons. He holds a law degree from the University of Muenster in Germany, a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School and the Diploma in Public International Law of the Hague Academy of International Law. Jan also has a doctorate in international law from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

    Course Fee

    For Certificate: Fee for taking this course is USD 600. UPEACE students and almuni enrolling for the Certificate course are entitled to 30% discount on the fee.

    For Auditing: It is also possible to audit the course, in which case, participants will not receive a certificate. Auditors, however, will have access to all course material, be able to participate in the synchronous webinar sessions, and be able to monitor the online discussions of participants. The fee for auditing the course is USD 200.

    For Certificate and 2 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the course for two academic credits offered by UPEACE. The cost of taking the course for 2 academic credits is USD 1100.

    Application Procedure

    To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the course. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application. The course is limited to 25 participants.

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