Course Information

Summer Course on International Protection of Human Rights – 27th edition


Gender in Law and Practice”


27 August – 5 September 2018

 Poznań, Poland



The 2018 Summer Course on International Protection of Human Rights is the 27th edition of the intensive human rights programme organized in Poznań, Poland. More than 500 graduates and professionals have attended the Course since 1992.

The Course consists of two parts: an introduction to both the universal and the European systems of human rights protection, followed by a more detailed analysis of the chosen specific thematic area.

In 2018, the focus is on gender in law and practice. This choice reflects current discussions in the field of human rights, and was inspired by feedback received from the Course alumni.

The 2018 edition will maintain the programme’s highest academic standards, while strengthening its policy-oriented approach. During “Expert sessions” the Course participants will have many opportunities to learn from and network with professionals engaged in making gender equality a reality.

The Course combines theoretical and practice-oriented approaches to human rights. It gives a comprehensive and rigorous overview of the instruments, jurisprudence, and procedures of international law. At the same time, it also equips participants with skills useful in both the research and practice of human rights protection.

The language of instruction is English. The Course consists of ca. 60 hours of lectures and case studies proffered by top human rights scholars, lawyers, civil servants, international organizations’ staffers, diplomats, and journalists.


The Course is aimed at graduates and students in the final years of their studies. While previous qualification in law is not a prerequisite, candidates should demonstrate an interest in human rights issues and a good command of English in their application.



The Course fee is 350 euro and covers tuition and lunches.

The deadline for paying the fee is 30 June 2018. In the case of cancellation before 31 July 2018, the fee will be reimbursed, less transfer costs.

The fee does not cover accommodation and travel costs. A list of recommended hotels and hostels in Poznań will be provided to registered participants.


A limited number of fee reductions are available for candidates who demonstrate financial need. In order to be considered for a fee reduction, please include the Fee Reduction Form in your application.




Please send a filled Application form, a letter of recommendation, and curriculum vitae to by 31 May 2018.

Selected candidates will be notified by 15th June 2018.

The Course fee is due by 30 June 2018.



Anna Hernandez-Połczyńska

The Summer Course Director


Poznań Human Rights Centre

The Institute of Law Studies

of the Polish Academy of Sciences



Hostel: a room in a dorm – 40-50 PLN per night (ca. 10 – 12.50 euro)

Hotel: single room – 120-150 PLN (ca. 30-37.50 euro) per night



Poznań is a vibrant student city with many restaurants and canteens catering to all dietary requirements, including vegetarian and vegan. Indicative costs are listed below:

Sandwich – 5 PLN (ca. 1,25 euro)

Cappuccino in a café – 10 PLN (ca. 2,5 euro)

Lunch – 20-25 PLN (ca. 5-6 euro)


Summer course info