Collaborative Exchange and Capacity Building Program with the University of Peshawar

The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law received grant support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2009 to build capacity of core faculty at the University of Peshawar (UP) in Pakistan to support UP’s Human Rights Studies Centre and Gender Studies Department, the first of their kind in Pakistan. The project sought to enhance the teaching and scholarship surrounding human rights and gender through a multi-pronged program of work. The project had an integrated strategy for study and scholarship for project participants at American University, as well as substantive programming planned at the University of Peshawar and collaboration and ongoing involvement by faculty at both UP and AU, to promote the goals of creating an accepting environment for the teaching of human rights and gender at UP and, ultimately, creating lasting change in human rights and gender attitudes and awareness at UP and beyond.

A core component of the project included a faculty exchange that enabled members of the UP permanent faculty to study at American University (AU) to obtain their PhD degrees and to engage in specialized training in the mainstreaming and integration of human rights and gender into their respective disciplines, including through participation in AUWCL’s prestigious International Visiting Scholars Program. In addition, the project supported a program of Junior Scholar Teaching Fellowships at UP to expand the pool of qualified junior teachers of human rights and gender, as well as to fill the teaching positions of the faculty members studying at AU. Project participants engaged in specialized training programs focused on the teaching of human rights and gender in which they explored strategies for teaching sensitive topics and ways to expand opportunities for learning, study and scholarship on human rights and gender in the complicated cultural and political context of Peshawar, which is located in the conservative and volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan. 

For more information about the project, please contact humlaw@wcl.american.edu.

Teaching Gender and Human Rights in the NWFP

Teaching Gender and Human Rights in the NWFP

September 19th, 2007

Professor Anoosh Khan from the University of Peshawar addressed the topic of teaching gender and the law in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province. Professor Khan is part of a delegation of two professors from the University of Peshawar in Pakistan who are International Visiting Scholars at AUWCL for the fall semester. The two professors are visiting AUWCL as part of a collaborative project with the University of Peshawar (Pakistan) focused on building human rights capacity within their University.

The Role of Lawyers in Promoting Judicial Independence in Pakistan

The Role of Lawyers in Promoting Judicial Independence in Pakistan

February 6, 2008

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law hosted a fascinating discussion with SJD candidate and Professor Nadeem Azam, Director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Peshawar (UP). He discussed the current state of affairs in Pakistan and the role of the lawyer in the fight for the independence of the judiciary in Pakistan. Professor Azam is pursuing his SJD at WCL as part of an ongoing collaborative project between the WCL Center for Human Rights and the UP Human Rights Centre and Gender Studies Department, the only two of their kind in all of Pakistan.

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