The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Completes First Week of Virtual Courses
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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 2020 – The 21st Annual Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (May 26 – June 12), held by American University Washington College of Law’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, has completed its first week of courses. Students and expert faculty from 26 countries around the world have continued to connect daily, joining virtual sessions on specific human rights topics. The eight courses offered virtually this year, due to the pandemic, have given access to quality legal education to scholars, mid-career professionals, human rights defenders and activists, and students all over the world. Not only are students involved in interchanging dialogue with other participants, they are also developing key networking relationships with 20 of the top human rights experts from over eight different countries around the world, including our very own AUWCL faculty.
Over the past 21 years, the Academy’s summer program has educated many individuals in important areas of human rights and humanitarian law, and this year, in the midst of this global public health crisis, the Academy remains committed to the enhancement and promotion of human rights legal education and to continue fostering a strong and resilient spirit in the next generation of legal experts.
The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is an important referent in the world in topics of human rights and humanitarian law and it is the only academic institution in the U.S. with programs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- The Netherlands
- The Philippines
- United States
Along with the summer program, during the Academy’s annual Human Rights Month, the Academy will feature a special series, The Experts Speak Series: Addressing Human Rights in Times of Crisis, that will begin in May and continue through the summer. The initiative, co-sponsored with the LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, offers panels in English and Spanish and aims to continue promoting human rights in both the academic and professional human rights community, by providing an overview of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis as well as the response of states around the world. This series will encourage discussions regarding ways to prevent and denounce human rights violations in the ongoing crisis and its aftermath.