Summer School in Human Rights Litigation 2017
The Open Society Justice Initiative and Central European University invite applicants for the 2017 Summer School in Human Rights Litigation, to be held in Budapest from July 10 to 14.
The summer school provides a unique opportunity for human rights professionals to build on their experience and to develop their skills to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change. The curriculum will combine presentations, case studies, exercises, and discussion groups with preparatory work and further reading to ensure full maximum benefit for those attending the course. Participants will be invited to provide information on cases they are working on and those concrete examples will help shape discussion.
The course invites applications from human rights litigators and activists with 2 – 4 years’ working experience, who are seeking to enforce the rights of the individual against the state. Some participants will have a legal background, and will be involved in bringing cases before the courts. Others may be professionals wishing to develop their skills in these new areas, but will bring experiences of other forms of human rights work.
- Tuition Fee: 300 EUR (Early Bird fee: 270 EUR)
- Accommodation at the Star Inn Hotel
- In single room:50 EUR/ night – including breakfast(100 euro/night from July 14*)
- In shared double room: 30 EUR / night / person – including breakfast (55 euro/night/person from July 14*)
- Estimated living costs: 150 – 200 EUR
Financial aid is available in the following categories:
- tuition waiver
- accommodation grant
- travel grant (full or partial)
- Participants are NOT eligible to receive financial aid if they attended two CEU funded Summer University courses within a four-year period.
- In case an applicant is accepted to two courses, which is only possible if the two courses are run consecutively, financial aid is only available for attending one course.
All packages will include the following:
- a minimum of 24 tuition hours per week
- a certificate of attendance
- access to course E-learning page (with readings, assignments, etc.)
- access to CEU facilities (Library, IT services, sports center at CEU Residence Center including the use of the indoor swimming pool, tennis courts)
- some social and cultural events depending on the course schedule (e.g. welcome and farewell reception / outings /fieldtrips / film screenings, etc.)
1. Fee-Paying Package
Financial aid: N/A
Participant’s own contribution: tuition, travel, accommodation, health insurance and living expenses
- April 30 (Early Bird fee)
- May 28 (Full tuition fee)
In the event of cancellation, CEU will refund the tuition fee as follows:
- Before May 28 – CEU will fully refund the tuition fee.
- Between May 28th and 14 days prior to the course starting – 80% of the tuition fee will be refunded.
- Within 14 days of the course starting – no refund for tuition fees will be given.
2. Financial Aid packages
- Tuition Waiver
Financial aid: tuition fee waived
Participant’s own contribution: health insurance, travel, accommodation and living expense.
- Partial SUN Scholarship
Financial aid: tuition fee waived and free accommodation in a single room
Participant’s own contribution: health insurance, travel and living expenses
- Full SUN Scholarship
Financial aid: tuition fee waived; free accommodation in a single room and a full or partial travel grant
Participant’s own contribution: health insurance and living expenses.
*The FINA World Championship will be held in Budapest from July 14 – 30 July. All hotel room prices will be higher during this period.
Please read the following directions carefully.
Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:
- Completed online SUN Application Form
- Afull curriculum vitae or resume
- Statement of Purpose
- Brief summary of a case you have been involved in (in English)
- A copy of an English language proficiency certificate (if available)
- Letter of Recommendation
1. Online Application Form
SUN’s Online Application Form, delivered by Embark, enables the online submission of the application form itself as well as all other relevant documentation, including CV’s and resumes, letter of recommendation, statements of purpose and application essays (such as research proposal, case study, paper proposal, writing samples, academic records, etc.), eliminating all paper mailing to the SUN Office.
In addition, applicants will be able to use this system to track their progress and learn the outcome of their admissions evaluation online. Admissions decisions will be available to applicants as soon as they are entered into the system.
Please note that you can only apply to one course.
The application form is password-protected.
a) In case you have started an application for our program in previous years, you can use your old login and password and can log in as a “Returning Embark User” (right-hand side of the page). In case you cannot remember your old password, click on the “Forget your password?” link.
b) In case you have not started an application before, please register first in the “New User?” section (left-hand side of the page). For registration please click on “Create an Account” and provide the requested information. Embark will send you your password by email and then you can log in and start your application, this time already as a returning user.
Further user’s instructions for the online application are included in the form itself.
Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
2. Afull curriculum vitae or resume
Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume. If you have published any writing relevant to your human rights or litigation work, please include this.
3. Statement of Purpose
In the Statement of Purpose please explain why you would like to attend this course and how you seek to integrate the learning into your existing knowledge and experience. Please include what litigation you are currently conducting, or what litigation you plan to develop, and how attending this course would impact on your future human rights practice.
4. Brief summary of a case you have been involved in (in English)
Please provide a brief summary (less than 1 page) of a human rights case in which you are or have been involved, anonymised if necessary. Successful participants will be asked to expand this summary into a more detailed case study which will be used in course discussions.
- A copy of an English language proficiency certificate (if available) for non-native speakers of English
As proof of your English language proficiency, if you have passed a language exam, please upload a scanned copy of the exam result in the online system.
- Letter of Recommendation
You can arrange for a letter of recommendation to be written by a referee (faculty member, job supervisor, etc.) who can attest to your abilities, qualifications and academic/professional performance. Please advise the referee about the title and content of the course you are applying to. The letter must be completed in English and submitted by the referee online via the online application facility.
All application materials must be submitted electronically with the online application form. CEU does not accept application documents by e-mail or fax. Candidates who may experience difficulties with the online submission of their documents should contact the SUN Office.
CEU does not return application documents, or copies thereof under any circumstances. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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