Global Institute for Human Rights
in a Time of COVID-19
Virtual Certificate Program
June 8 – 19, 2020 | Weekdays, 10am to 1:00pm (EST)
Application Process Closed for 2020
Calling All Change Agents —
Two weeks of online engagement can help to change the world.
In an effort to continue to provide this powerful opportunity for students to convene with leaders and established practitioners in the human rights field, the 2020 Institute will be hosted virtually (online) by the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
Who Should Apply
Why You Should Attend
Perhaps there is no greater challenge at this time than the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which will have a significant impact on all human rights, and intersectional identities, including women, persons with disabilities, racial minorities, indigenous populations, migrant workers, prison populations and low income populations. Recently, the UN Secretary-General stated that the pandemic is unleashing a ‘tsunami of hate.’
The Institute brings experienced human rights advocates and practitioners from around the world to share their experiences and career paths with students.
This program is designed to increase your understanding of human rights theory through a blend of interactive lectures that explore the most current and pressing human rights issues.
The sessions help to uncover the ways that human rights advocacy can intersect with your career aspirations, whether in law, policy, business, or other fields.
Learn from the shared experiences of fellow students from around the globe and expand your network of human rights advocates leading change both near and far.
The Institute is designed to transform students into becoming the next generation of human rights scholars, practitioners, and leaders. Past students of the Institute have gone on to lead impactful advocacy work in different parts of the world, including Latin America and the Middle East, as well have gone on to attend law school, including the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
The Global Institute for Human Rights offers an immersive, course of study aimed at undergraduate and graduate students passionate about a career in human rights advocacy, or just looking to enhance their awareness on such topics as women’s rights and the basic rights of migrants and refugees. The Institute is unique compared to traditional academic studies of human rights, as the focus of this program is on bringing working human rights advocates from around the world to the table to share their experiences and career paths with the next generation of human rights advocates. The Institute locates human rights as foundational to leadership. The bedrock principles of the human rights agenda is the bulwark of global citizenship.
*Lecturers subject to change.
*Program fee includes all lectures and course materials.
In the event that a program is cancelled by the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, all paid registration fees would be reimbursed.
- The application and enrollment process for the 2020 Institute is closed.
Admission will be granted on a rolling basis, but we encourage everyone interested to apply as early as possible as there are a limited number of spots available in the program.
Admission into this program is based upon the background and materials submitted via the formal, online application process. The application fee for the program is $50.
Complete instructions for submitting an application can found on the Application Instructions page.
Scholarship Opportunity & Financial Aid
The Institute is offering two full-tuition scholarships to eligible students, as well as a limited amount of financial aid to qualified applicants. For more information on applying for financial aid, please visit the Application Instructions page.