The program includes three main components: the lecture modules, the practical internship and the master’s thesis. The courses will covers a wide range of topics, including theoretical aspects of the evolution of human rights as well as concept and their role in a democratic society, practical aspects related to the implementation of a series of specific rights, as well as current issues related to the promotion and protection of human rights.

Masters level program: 9 modules

MA1: International system of human rights protection;

The main issues of the international system of human rights protection, the formation and development of institutional and conventional bodies and mechanisms of universal and regional systems of human rights protection are highlighted. The current conventions of the UN, the Council of Europe, normative acts of the European Union and the OSCE, which have their own control bodies, are considered. The main features of the existing regional European, African, inter-American, inter-Arab and other systems of human rights protection are analyzed.

MA2: Refugee and internally displaced persons advocacy and immigration

The preconditions for the emergence of advocacy, immigration, their theoretical sources and practical principles are considered. The main provisions of the legal systems on legal activities related to the rights of refugees and internally displaced persons are highlighted. The norms of national and international law, their interaction in solving the problems of refugees and internally displaced persons are analyzed.

MA3: Case-law of ECHR on HR`s protection of vulnerable people and groups

The proposed textbook comprehensively covers the problems of interpretation of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 04.11.1950 by the European Court of Human Rights. The main content of the course is the issue of combating the abuse of certain categories of vulnerable people and groups.
The publication is intended for students of legal specialties (in particular, international legal specialization), as well as for all who study modern human rights law.
Legislation, international legal acts and case law are analyzed as of May 1, 2018.

MA4: Legal protection of LGBTi people and groups` rights

Human rights and gender equality are now among the most important resources of every country. The strategy of formation and affirmation of gender equality in society, rejection of all types of discrimination, in particular on the basis of belonging to certain sexual minorities and groups, is related to Ukraine’s movement towards integration with the EU, where gender equality is one of the main standards and at the same time one of the most important indicators of democratic reforms, and contributes to the definition and implementation of a strategy for the growth of freedoms, justice and equality of women and men, which aims at equal opportunities in the creative realization of the individual.

MA5: The Protection of ethnic and linguistic minorities

The textbook is devoted to the study of international and national principles, institutional mechanisms for the protection of ethnic and linguistic minorities. An analysis of the main approaches to the definition of “interethnic relations”, “national minority”, “ethnic minority”, “language minority” and “indigenous people” is given. The historical and legal preconditions of origin, stages of formation and practical activity of international universal and regional mechanisms of protection of minorities are considered. The content and specifics of international legal norms in the field of protection of the rights of persons belonging to ethnic and linguistic minorities are revealed. The activity of the European Court of Human Rights in ensuring and protecting the rights of minorities is analyzed. Issues related to the protection of minority rights in the national legislation of foreign countries are considered.

MA6: Human Rights and Armed Conflict

A detailed analysis of legal norms of international and domestic nature on the legal protection of human rights in armed conflicts is given. Contains a glossary, which contains legal definitions of international treaties, laws of Ukraine and bylaws governing the legal protection of human rights in armed conflicts.

MA7: Legal protection of children rights and safe informations pace

A detailed analysis of legal norms of international and domestic nature on the legal protection of all basic rights of children and adolescents in Ukraine is given. The rights and responsibilities of parents, guardians and custodians for children, adoption issues, legal mechanisms for the protection of the rights of children and adolescents in Ukraine are highlighted. International experience in protecting the rights of children and adolescents is considered. Contains a glossary containing 200 legal definitions of international treaties, laws of Ukraine and bylaws governing the legal protection of the rights of children and adolescents.

MA8: Human Rights Activism and the Role of NGOs

The textbook provides materials for studying the discipline “The role of non-governmental organizations in the formation and development of the human rights movement (examples of successful human rights activism)”. The basic principles of activity of non-governmental organizations, and also normative-legal maintenance of their functioning are stated. The practical aspects of the activity of national and international non-governmental organizations are covered. The publication contains a sample thematic course plan, lecture texts, a glossary and examples of successful human rights activism of non-governmental organizations.

MA9: Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equality

Gender equality is one of the conditions for ensuring equitable social development. The legal community plays an important role in eliminating specific manifestations of injustice that may be caused by socio-economic, political, cultural or other factors. It can provide a compromise in ensuring the implementation of appropriate social change. Even the most progressive legislation cannot guarantee such changes in society if its legal community does not demonstrate an understanding of the value of gender equality and is not aware of the problems of ensuring it and their possible consequences. It is with lawyers that the creation of a legally protected space begins, in which the ideas and diverse interests of different social groups can find expression. They can be a powerful tool for social change when they are activities are aimed at overcoming discrimination and ensuring gender equality. The program of the course is aimed at developing and testing the first in Ukraine comprehensive training course for students of legal professions on gender equality to develop their relevant knowledge and skills, as well as to promote gender sensitivity as an integral part of their worldview.
The module includes lectures, discussions, workshops, case studies, examples of best practice and recommended movies. It is designed to cover key issues of gender equality and gender discrimination in an accessible and interactive way.

Doctoral level program: 5 modules

PhD1: Doctrine and Practice of HR’s system

The generalized problems of theory and practice, international, European and national law in the field of human rights are covered. Theoretical analysis of the doctrine of human rights, generally accepted and alternative concepts, features of approaches to rights in different legal systems are given.
Particular attention is paid to the practice of implementation and protection of human rights, including basic standards and protection mechanisms. The textbook is designed to balance doctrinal teaching with elements of case study and art study, in particular, the study of model cases of the ECtHR and other international and national courts, practical and test tasks, test questions, additional materials for self-acquisition and deepening of knowledge, and study of works of art that reflect human rights issues.

PhD2: The problems of refugee law and contemporary challenges

Unprecedented phenomena have recently taken place in Ukraine – foreign intervention, occupation, terrorism, anti-terrorist operation. In addition, Ukraine’s geographical location makes its territory extremely attractive to large numbers of refugees due to migration, displacement due to armed conflict, discrimination and violations of rights, and so on. And given the large number of “hot spots” and certain dictatorial regimes around, there will be more and more such people. All these processes have social consequences, which in turn lead to large numbers of both refugees and internally displaced persons.
The handbook covers issues related to the practice of protecting the rights of refugees in
world in the context of accession to international conventions on Ukraine’s path to European integration.

PhD3: Tolerance and the rule of law

The module is devoted to the content of the concept of the rule of law and the specifics of modern relations in the context of tolerance in society.
The history of development of ideas of the rule of law, the reasons of their occurrence, means of their regulation in the legislation and the purpose of maintenance of such ideas is considered. Level statistics are provided in accordance with the results of the analysis of international and domestic research.
An analysis of both international and national legislation governing tolerance, in particular, as a way to protect human rights. Detailed attention is paid to tolerance towards persons who may be discriminated against on various grounds (gender, skin color, nationality or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender self-identification, language, religion, etc.). Current case law (primarily ECtHR decisions) in the context of tolerance issues is analyzed.

PhD4: Human rights, sexual orientation and gender equality

The main provisions of gender equality in various spheres in post-Soviet countries and the EU are considered. Issues of discrimination, gender-based violence, feminism are covered. Theoretical and practical aspects of legislative regulation of family and LGBT relations in Ukraine and other countries are presented. To consolidate knowledge, control questions, tasks, tests, applications are offered.

PhD5: Combating racism, xenophobia and extremism

In recent years, manifestations of racism, extremism and xenophobia, crimes based on intolerance and hatred have attracted more and more attention from the world community. International organizations (OSCE, Council of Europe and others) are developing standards to combat such phenomena. In Ukraine and abroad, norms are being developed and improved that establish criminal liability for gross violations of human rights. The experience of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and other countries in collecting statistics and organizing a system for preventing and responding to phenomena such as racism, xenophobia and extremism and related crimes, as well as taking into account the recommendations of international organizations will contribute to successful hate crime.

Professional Development program: 2 modules

LLL module 1 – Bisiness and human rights

This guide is based on existing developments in this
topics: guidelines on business and human rights, as well as recommendations for their implementation, developed at the UN level, documents adopted at the Council of Europe level (among them – the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on human and business rights of March 2, 2016 .), legal regulation in the EU, USA and other leading countries of the world, standards developed by international and regional organizations, legal positions of judicial institutions. Emphasis is placed on the fact that the task of states at the national level is to create an effective mechanism for preventing human rights violations by business and minimizing the risks of such violations.
The focus is on three foundations of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: I. The obligation of the state to protect human rights from violations by third parties, including business; ІІ. The duty of business to respect human rights; III. Providing effective remedies – judicial, state extrajudicial and non-state.

LLL Module 2 – Women’s Rights Protection: Legal Instruments of Gender Equality Ensuring.

The most topical issues of gender equality and protection of women’s rights in Ukraine are covered. Examples of case law of international and national courts, research in various related fields, statistics and extracts from the legal framework are given.
The appendix contains a list of recommended feature films that clearly illustrate the issues of women’s rights and gender equality and allow us to reflect on similar problems in Ukraine and potential ways to solve them. There is also a list of international acts that establish standards in the field of protection of women’s rights and their legal status for Ukraine, and a glossary of basic concepts.

Curriculum developed by Moldovian partners

Master, doctoral and professional training modules, which were developed by Moldovian univesities in the framework of the implementation and with the support of the European Union Program ERASMUS + 573861 – EPP – 1–2016–1 – EE – EPPKA2 – CBHE – JP “European Human Rights Law for Universities of Ukraine and Moldova”, include modules of master’s courses, modules for PhD training and modules of professional training.

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Teaching programs for the MSc, PhD and LLL modules

HRLAW modules’ programs

The module programs, which were developedby Ukrainian univesities in the framework of the implementation and with the support of the European Union Program ERASMUS + 573861 – EPP – 1–2016–1 – EE – EPPKA2 – CBHE – JP “European Human Rights Law for Universities of Ukraine and Moldova”, include modules of master’s courses, modules for PhD training and modules of professional training.