Human Rights for Open Societies

A solid protection of human rights is needed for an open society to exist and to flourish.

In this course, we will introduce you to one of the world’s most intricate human rights systems: the European Convention on Human Rights. You will see when and how people can turn to the European Court of Human Rights to complain about human rights violations. You will learn how the Court tries to solve many of the difficult human rights dilemmas of today. We will look, amongst other things, at the freedom of expression and demonstration, the right to vote, and the prohibition of discrimination. And we will address the rights of migrants, refugees, and other vulnerable groups. And, of course, we will see whether it is possible to restrict rights and if so under what conditions. You will even encounter watchdogs and ice cream in this course. We invite you to follow us on a journey of discovery into the European Convention!

Suitable for: 
Everyone 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.
Time investment: 
6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Fully online
Fee:  This fee is exempt from VAT
Free of charge

This course is a so-called Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). You can enroll and find more information about this MOOC on the Coursera website.

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