Certificate Drug Policy and Human Rights

Central European University (CEU)

Application deadline: 14 February, 2014
Tuition fee:
  • € 550 / Module (International)
Start date: July  2015
Credits (ECTS): 2 ECTS
Duration full-time: 13 days
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
Entry level: Master
Skill disciplines: Networking

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This course, organised by the Central European University in cooperation with Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Institute, aims to explore the often tense intersection between drug policy and human rights. Taking place within the broader context of the UN drug control system, discussion will focus on the identification and understanding of relevant international human rights agreements and on the evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementation of drug policies in many countries and regions. Including examination of both consumer and supply side issues, the focus of the course will be global and participants will be drawn from all regions internationally.

A mix of teaching modes will be used and faculty are encouraged to minimise the use of formal lectures. Emphasis will be on discussion and interactive learning with opportunity for sharing participant experiences. Time will be allocated for personal reading and participants will be encouraged to interact personally with faculty so as to deepen understanding of the issues. Site visits and discussions with civil society organisations and groups will be a feature of the programme of activities.

All those attending the course will be provided by CEU with a Certificate of Attendance. Opportunities will also be provided during the course for personal discussions with Faculty. It is intended that further work after the conclusion of the course be encouraged both in respect of research and programme analysis and development. Course faculty will be prepared to provide follow up assistance through personal agreement with students.

Contents

This course aims to explore the often tense intersection between drug policy and human rights. Taking place within the broader context of the UN drug control system, discussion will focus on the identification and understanding of relevant international human rights agreements and on the evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementation of drug policies in many countries and regions. Including examination of both consumer and supply side issues, the focus of the course will be global and participants will be drawn from all regions internationally.

A mix of teaching modes will be used and faculty are encouraged to minimise the use of formal lectures. Emphasis will be on discussion and interactive learning with opportunity for sharing participant experiences. Time will be allocated for personal reading and participants will be encouraged to interact personally with faculty so as to deepen understanding of the issues. Site visits and discussions with civil society organisations and groups will be a feature of the programme of activities.

All those attending the course will be provided by CEU with a Certificate of Attendance. Opportunities will also be provided during the course for personal discussions with Faculty. It is intended that further work after the conclusion of the course be encouraged both in respect of research and programme analysis and development. Course faculty will be prepared to provide follow up assistance through personal agreement with students.

Audience

Applications are invited from high-achieving MA and PhD students, junior faculty, research staff in universities and other institutions and professionals. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

Lecturers

Course Director(s): David Bewley-Taylor School of Arts and Humanities, University of Swansea, UK Course Faculty: Damon Barrett International Harm Reduction Association, UK Julia Buxton Senior Research Fellow, Peace Studies, Bradford University, UK Balazs Denes Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Budapest, Hungary Krzysztof Krajewski Department of Criminology, Jagellonian University, Krakov, Poland Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Institute, Warsaw, Poland Daniel Mejia Department of Economics, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia Wiktor Osiatynski Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary Richard Soyer University of Linz, Austria

Requirements

No prior knowledge of Human Rights and Drug Policy is required of participants. A key objective of the course is to emphasise the interdisciplinarity both of learning and of problem solving. It is thus an important objective that non-standard disciplines be represented, and that new skills and capacities are applied to this area of public policy.

Language requirement The language of instruction is English, thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops.

Funding

Financial aid (tuition waiver, accommodation and travel grants) is available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, as well as those coming from emerging countries worldwide can apply for financial aid in all categories listed above.
Participants from developed countries may apply for a tuition waiver and are expected to cover their own costs.
Check details of the funding scheme on the course web site.

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Accreditation

CEU Summer University awards a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course. In order to gain this certificate, participants will be expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and complete assignments required by the course.

This course offers 2 ECTS credits.

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