The Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities co-sponsored the 2005 Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The Academy is the only three-week intensive program to offer human rights courses in both English and Spanish. Held in June at the American University Washington College of Law (WCL), each year the Academy hosts over 25 visiting world-renowned scholars and activists who teach courses on topics including regional human rights approaches; the United Nations; international criminal tribunals; economic, social and cultural rights; women's rights; terrorism and human rights; and international humanitarian law. As a Graduate Certificate Program, the program is open to lawyers, professionals in the human rights field, and law students, who can earn up to seven credits toward their degree. The Academy provides summer training courses to lawyers, activists, and scholars on human rights law, offering them the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and interact with a diverse group of experts in the field. In addition to the courses offered, the numerous international organizations, NGOs, and human rights law-related institutes located in the Washington, D.C. area provided networking and research opportunities to Academy participants.
For more information about this year’s academy, visit www.wcl.american.edu/humright/hracademy/.