MOOC on “Disability as a human rights issue: global and national perspectives”


The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is proud to launch the first MOOC of the Global Campus Open Learning Series. With contributions by academic and experts from all the regions of the world, the Global Campus massive online courses provide open access to highly qualified learning on topical human rights concerns.

The Series opens on 12 September 2016 with a MOOC on “Disability as a human rights issue: global and national perspectives”.

Enrolment to our GC MOOC is FREE and available on Canvas.net until 14 October 2016

Course dates: 12 September-24 October 2016

Duration: 6 weeks – Commitment: 5 hours/week

Requirements: participation in 4 weekly discussions and completion of 2 quizzes

Course type: instructor-led

Credentials: certificate of participation

Drawing from expertise and examples at the global and national level, this course offers a multidisciplinary and multifaceted overview of historical developments, main standards, key issues, and current challenges in this area of human rights protection.

The programme encompasses a 6-week period and is structured in two Modules.

Module 1 focuses on how disability has been gradually linked with human rights discourses. It also explains how the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities reinforced a key paradigm shift with the move from the medical model to the social and rights-based model. The second part of the Module then looks at the application of the Convention to specific areas of implementation such as education and independent living.

Module 2 looks at some fundamental issues of implementation but enriches overall knowledge with regional and national perspectives. Aspects of laws, policies, monitoring and advocacy on the rights of persons with disabilities are first framed in general terms and then considered through the lens of case studies, examples and local practice (Kenya, Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ASEAN and Thailand, OAS…).

Participants are expected to engage in approximately 30 hours of active learning through readings, videos, podcasts, discussions, and quizzes. The course is based on a participatory approach aimed at developing and reinforcing personal critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. Case studies will be used to identify cross-regional and cross-cutting issues and enable a multidimensional understanding of practical application. A global faculty of lecturers and experts will provide rich and varied competences, experiences and knowledge.

For general queries you can drop an email to e-learning@eiuc.org

Call for applications for 2017 postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

postgraduate-programmes-information-leaflet-june-2016-alternative-leaflet-web.zp91352The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria offers a wide variety of postgraduate programmes  on master’s and doctoral level.

Masters degrees
On master’s level (LLM) we offer a course through research, specialised courses through coursework, as well as MPhil courses to local and foreign students.

Doctoral degrees
We also offer full-time or part-time doctoral degrees (LLD/PhD).

The Faculty of Law is widely recognised as a leader in the field of postgraduate programmes. The LLM and LLD programmes presented by the Faculty enable students to specialise in their chosen fields by engaging with experts at an advanced level.

A postgraduate qualification in law offers opportunities for personal and professional growth, and provides a competitive edge in respect of employment and promotion.

Important information:

Call for contributions:
Ghana @ 60: Governance and Human Rights in the Age of Africa Rising

An Edited Volume


Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence and played a critical role in the political transformation and regional integration in Africa.

Over the years, Ghana has transformed from one-party state through military rule to multiparty democracy. Since independence, despite internal challenges, Ghana continues to play critical transformational role on the African continent.

This influence has been reinvigorated since the emergence of the concept of African Renaissance and adoption of the ‘African solutions for African problems’ mantra in the early 2000s. On 6 March 2017, Ghana will be celebrating its 60th anniversary of independence from colonial rule.

Current circumstances in Ghana and Africa reinforce the argument that democracy and the rule of law are maintained by vigilance and involvement of the people. In this regard, this edited volume seeks to audit the state of human rights standards and compliance, democratic consolidation and development in Ghana as well as to bring forward how Ghana has contributed to the political, economic, cultural and ideological development in Africa.

Abstracts are invited on but not limited to the following themes:

  • Africa Renaissance, imperialism and neo-colonialism.
  • Anti-corruption, leadership and political transformation;
  • Civil and political rights;
  • Diversities: gender, minorities, dis/abilities and sexualities;
  • Economic, social and cultural rights;
  • Elections and multiparty politics;
  • Environment, business and human rights;
  • Forced migration and refugees rights;
  • Ghana, geopolitics and regional integration; and
  • Human rights, terrorism and sub/regional security;

Contributions are particularly encouraged from the Alumni Network of the Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) programme based at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. Other contributions that discuss the progress that other African countries have made in promoting and consolidating democracy, human rights, peace and development as well as regional integration would be considered.

Interested authors should submit abstracts of not more than 250 words by 30 August 2016. Acceptance of abstracts would be communicated by 15 September 2016. First drafts of full manuscript (5000-10000 words) will be due on 30 November 2016. Preliminary peer review of submission will be concluded by 5 January 2017. The accepted drafts will be submitted to the Centre for Human Rights (Pretoria University Law Press) by 30 January 2017.

Please email abstracts and/ or questions to Michael Addaney appl.adm@gmail.com or Benedicta Armah benedicta.armah@gmail.com.

Call for Applications: LLM/MPhil SRRA
(Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa)

This two-year programme is offered as a blended learning course comprising of online interaction and residential block-weeks in Pretoria. Up to 15 FULL scholarships are available for African citizens.

Eligibility criteria:
A degree allowing access to the legal profession or an honours degree in a discipline relevant to human rights or reproductive rights.

Course duration:
January 2017 – December 2018 (2 years)

Deadline for applications:
31 October 2016

Up to 15 FULL scholarships are available for African citizens

Course website:

Training seminar for International Electoral Observers

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Admissions to the two three-day modules (7-9 November 2016 and 10-12 November 2016) of the Training seminar for International Electoral Observers are open until 7 October 2016, early bird 16 September 2016.

Open and legitimate elections are the indispensable foundation for sustainable development and an effective democracy. Actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a major role in sustaining peace, security and conflict prevention. Support takes the form of electoral assistance projects and election observation missions. This requires skilled and trained observers.

Target: The two modules are devoted to those applicants with no experience in election observation or to those observers who have participated to a maximum of two missions as short term observers.

Eligibility: Lectures are conceived for an audience of graduates mainly in Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar who want to address international election observation from a multi-disciplinary approach that will be useful in further engagements on the field.

Training language: all courses will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently.

Enrol by 16 September 2016 to receive a 10% discount

More information on the Training seminar for International Electoral Observers and the programme can be found here: www.eiuc.org/ieo

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