Education and Training

Since 1986, Rights and Humanity has played a critical role in widening education in human rights and responsibilities beyond the legal field to include many different sectors and professions. We have taught university courses, hosted summer schools, trained practitioners, undertaken speeches and produced publications.Our professional training on human rights and responsibilities has focused on the steps required to translate these obligations into practice. We have encouraged individuals to take ownership of human rights by rooting them in their own values, beliefs or professional ethics.

Our education has had a particular focus on economic, social and cultural rights and the protection of human rights and dignity in the context of HIV/AIDS.

In 2003, we produced an educational website on the right to water in partnership with WaterAid and Freshwater Action Network

The Rights and Humanity Lecture
In 2001, we established the Rights and Humanity Lecture as a means of reaching a wider audience with our message.

  • The Inaugural Rights and Humanity Lecture was presented by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan before an invited audience of about 250 on 26th April, 2001 in London.
  • The second Rights and Humanity Lecture took place on 26 January 2005 in London and Cherie Booth QC was the keynote speaker. Seventy celebrities, leaders from the corporate, professional and media worlds, High Sheriffs and diplomats attended.
  • The third lecture took place on the 9th of March 2006 and was presented by HRH Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan at a dinner, attended by about 100 guests, to celebrate international women’s day the previous day.

Our education in human rights and responsibilities has included:

  • an innovative programme of distance learning throughout Europe via the European Space Agency’s Olympus satellite
  • establishing the Centre for Human Rights at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland and providing academic staff training in integrating human rights into new areas e.g. professional training and continuing education for doctors, social workers, teachers and the police, as well as lawyers.
  • establishment and teaching of the first known University course on economic, social and cultural rights
  • training for many UN agencies, governments and NGOs in the human rights approach to development. See Human Rights Approach to Development
  • a series of pan-European summer schools on human rights and cultural policies we contributed to building democracy and civil society in East and Central Europe based on mutual respect
  • professional training for BBC World Service producers, public health officials throughout Africa, judges and members of the legal profession in the Cameroon, and for McKinsey Consultants’ fast-track young managers
  • workshops to promote commitment to the Rights and Humanity Principles of Responsibility co-hosted by the three branches of the Armed Forces in the UK, the Muslim College London, Lawyers for Rights and Humanity, the Church of England and the Reformed Synagogues of Great Britain.

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