23 October 2018

Sixth Edition MOOC Human Rights for Open Societies starts 5 November

This course was developed by Antoine Buyse, Janneke Gerards and Paulien de Morree of Utrecht Law School
Prof Janneke Gerards (Fundamental Rights Law) and Prof Antoine Buyse (Human Rights).

The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) of Utrecht University starts it's sixth edition of the successful and free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on human rights of 5 November 2018. It is entitled Human Rights for Open Societies. An introduction into the European Convention on Human Rights and is offered on the Coursera platform. 

This course is for everyone who is interested in the protection of human rights and the idea of open societies. No specific background knowledge is necessary, although some basic knowledge of law may be helpful.

European Convention on Human Rights

Human rights are under pressure in many places across the globe. Peaceful protests are violently quashed. Voting is tampered with. And minorities are often excluded from decision-making. All of this threatens the ideal of an open society in which each of us can be free and participate equally. A solid protection of human rights is needed for an open society to exist and to flourish. But it is often an uphill battle to work towards that ideal.

In this course, Prof Antoine Buyse (Human Rights), Prof Janneke Gerards (Fundamental Rights Law) and Dr Paulien de Morree introduce you to one of the world’s most intricate human rights systems: the European Convention on Human Rights. This international treaty is one of the most successful instruments for protecting human dignity and it is a crucial tool for achieving an open society. In this course you will discover what this treaty is and how it aims to advance human rights and the idea of an open society in Europe.

You will learn when and how people can turn to the European Court of Human Rights to complain about human rights violations and how the Court deals with the difficult human rights dilemmas of today. You will look, amongst other things, at the freedom of expression and demonstration, the right to vote, and the prohibition of discrimination. This course also addresses the rights of migrants, refugees, and other vulnerable groups. And, of course you will see whether and under what conditions human rights may be restricted.'

Video Trailer. Course starts 5 November 2018