International University of Human Rights

The International University of Human Rights is a reunion of specialists and experts whose purpose is to renew and to improve training programmes in the field of human rights. The participants in the courses include members of the Superior Council of Magistracy, judges, magistrates from the Constitutional Court and from the High Court of Cassation and Justice as well as other parquets, members of the university staff, representatives of Ministries and governmental and non-governmental organizations, experts and specialists in human rights from Romania and from abroad.
 This form of training, that has been organized annually since 1994, primarily addresses therefore to specialists in the field of human rights, representatives of the legal professions, students in law or other subject matters who graduated or are to graduate Master’s and Doctor’s Degrees in the field of law and human rights.

Editions

2014   2015   2016

2014


 The 20th edition of the International University of Human Rights on “Developing new methods and means for the promotion and protection of human rights” was organized by the Romanian Institute for Human Rights in collaboration with the Romanian Association for the United Nations (ANUROM), the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance and Association Clubul de la Cheia “Victor Dan Zlătescu”, with the participation of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL), the International Institute of Law of French Expression and Inspiration (IDEF), the European Law Institute (ELI), and representatives of the Senate, the Chamber of Deputies, the Legislative Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of National Education and the National Agency of Public Servants, and was held in the context of the 20th anniversary of the International Year of Families and the International Day of Families.
 The topics that were dealt with in the plenary sessions and the sections included:

  • Promotion and protection of human rights in the United Nations system;
  • The council of Europe and the reform process at the level of the European Court of Human Rights;
  • The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union as reflected in FRA’s Programme for 2013-2017;
  • The national system for the promotion and protection of human rights;
  • The future role of the Legislative Council in justice within the European Union;
  • Shaping the European Union’s future policies in the field of justice;
  • Theoretic aspects related to human rights in the Civil Code and the Civil Procedure Code;
  • The legal and the institutional framework for the protection of persons with disabilities;
  • Aspects related to the right of health protection;
  • Theoretic aspects related to human rights in the Civil Code and the Civil Procedure Code and in the jurisprudence of national courts and the European Court of Human Rights;
  • Contentious and non-contentious means for the protection and promotion of human rights;
  • Human rights education and legal education;
  • Documentation in the field of human rights.

 The 20th edition of the International University of Human Rights, attended by experts, researchers, representatives of international organizations, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, of the university teaching staff, magistrates, candidates for Doctor’s and a Master’s degrees, was concluded with the evaluation of the courses and proposals for the elaboration of new methods in the research and training activity in the field of human rights.
 

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2015

 The 21st edition of the International University of Human Rights on “the United Nations Organization and its 70th anniversary”, was organized by the Romanian Institute for Human Rights in collaboration with the Romanian Association for the United Nations, the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance and Association Clubul de la Cheia “Victor Dan Zlătescu”, with the participation of members of the IACL, ELI, IDEF, as well as the participation of representatives of the Senate, the Chamber of Deputies, the Legislative Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Government’s Secretariat General, and was held in the context of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Organization, the 60th anniversary of Romania’s accession to UNO as well as the 70th anniversary of UNESCO – an scientific and cultural organization of the United Nations.
 The sessions, both plenary and in sections, approached a rich thematic, including:

  • The United Nations Organization at its 70th anniversary;
  • Promotion and protection of human rights in the system of the United Nations Organization;
  • United Nations human rights instruments and mechanisms;
  • UNO’s Alliance of Civilizations Project;
  • The 60th anniversary of Romania’s accession to UNO;
  • The 70th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO);
  • Post-2015 developments at the level of the UNO and UNESCO;
  • Regional organizations, instruments and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights in the framework of: the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the European Union;
  • The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union  as reflected in FRA’s Programme for 2013-2017;
  • The national system for the promotion and protection of human rights;
  • Protection and promotion of human rights in the Constitution of Romania;
  • Protection and promotion of human rights in the Bill on amending the Constitution of Romania;
  • Human rights comparative law, a theme devoted to the memory of the late French scholar Roland Drago, ex-member of the French Institute, ex-Secretary General of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Paris
  • Legal education and human rights education. Role of continuous education
  • New challenges to human rights

 The participants in the debates pointed out the importance of the United Nations-European Union relationship, the activity of the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism.
 As usual, the 21st edition of the International University of Human Rights, attended by experts, researchers, representatives of international organizations, representatives of governmental institutions, representatives of the university teaching staff, magistrates, candidates for Doctor’s and Master’s Degrees, was concluded with the evaluation of the courses, followed by proposals and the handing of diplomas and certificates.

 

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2016

 The 22nd edition of the International University of Human Rights was organized by the Romanian Institute for Human Rights in collaboration with the Romanian Association for the United Nations (ANUROM), the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance, and Association Clubul de la Cheia “Victor Dan Zlătescu”, with the participation of members of IACL, ELI, IDEF as well as representatives of the Senate, the Chamber of Deputies, the Legislative Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Government’s General Secretariat and had the theme “Human rights: realities and prospects”.
 The event was held in the context of the 50th anniversary of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
 The plenary sessions, followed by debates, dealt with the following topics:

  • Human rights realities and prospects. 60th anniversary of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. 10th anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Council
  • Right to education – a fundamental human right. Education – vector and driving force in the sustainable development process
  • Religious freedoms and public activity
  • Human rights in the United Nations system. Instruments and mechanisms for the protection of human rights
  • Human rights at regional European level. Instruments and mechanisms. The Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • The European Union and human rights. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • The participants also looked through the Fundamental Rights Report 2016 that had been presented at the 2016 Fundamental Rights Forum, organized by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, which summarizes and analyzes the major developments of the fundamental rights within the EU in the course of the year 2015, with proposals and recommendations in the following fields: equality and non-discrimination; racism, xenophobia and related intolerance; Roma integration; information society, privacy and data protection; rights of the child; access to justice including rights of crime victims;
  • Transparency in the national legislation and the international and the European regulations;
  • Education for all, a permanent, multidimensional process – from school education and professional training to building capacities, unrestricted communication and favouring the raising of public awareness;
  • Education in Romania. Rules, experience and trends in the education reform policies. Legal education and human rights education;
  • Codification in law: international law; human rights; civil law; criminal law; fiscal law; business law;
  • Human rights in the administration of justice activity: ethics and responsibility of judges; training of judges; justice and society; fair trial in a reasonable time period; independence of the judiciary;
  • Inclusive and qualitative education al all levels, from early childhood to primary, secondary, tertiary, technical and vocational education;
  • Human rights in Romania. New challenges to the field of human rights: migration, terrorism; right to happiness; business and human rights

 The event also offered the opportunity for the organization of a book exhibition including a great variety of volumes published under the aegis of RIHR.
 The 22nd edition of the International University of Human Rights, attended by experts, researchers, representatives of international organizations, representatives of governmental institutions, representatives of the university teaching staff, magistrates, candidates for Doctor’s and Master’s Degrees, was concluded with the evaluation of the courses followed by proposals and the handing of the diplomas and certificates.

 

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