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Millions of students choose distance learning education each year. One of the most recent educational phenomena related to this type of learning are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). As ever at the forefront of education, the Global Campus of Human Rights is also active in this area with its own MOOCs devoted to human rights issues that are either topical or underrepresented in the educational offer that is currently available online.

Reflecting an international spirit and multidimensional approach, our courses are taught by academics and experts drawn from all regions of the world and a cross-section of constituencies, enabling participants worldwide to benefit from rich and varied competences, experiences and knowledge.

On-Going MOOCs


From 29 April 2019 on a rolling basis

Citizenship and Human Rights Education for Change

In recent years, terrorist attacks, radicalisation, extremism and xenophobia have surged across Europe and are threatening its fundamental values. In this context, education is crucial to promote democratic citizenship and social inclusion in diverse contexts and learning environments.



20 January - 1 March 2020

Monitoring the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons - 2020 Edition

In all regions of the world, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons are subject to discrimination, persecution, violence, and other forms of human rights violations. Monitoring the extent of such human rights abuses is key to identify root causes, gaps in implementation, and avenues for redress.


Upcoming MOOCs


Promoting and Protecting Human Rights: a Global Overview

In times of crises and extreme violence, this MOOC offers analysis and insights for responses based on the protection and promotion of human rights, both at the global and regional level.

Spring / Summer 2020


Business and Human Rights

Applying a multi-regional approach, the MOOC focuses on the link between companies and human rights defenders, including consideration of the UN Guiding Principles, recent case-law, and child labour issues.

Spring / Summer 2020

Past MOOCs


18 November 2019 -19 January 2020

Children Deprived of Liberty: Learning from the UN Global Study

Although the Convention of the Rights of the Child affirms that children should not be detained, millions of children in the world are deprived of their liberty. To address this situation, the United Nations conducted a Global Study led by Prof. Manfred Nowak. This MOOC stems from such Study and provides insights, learning and recommendations in this important area at the crossroad of children, violence, and human rights studies.



1 March – 31 December 2019

Fundamental Rights of the European Union

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is the main instrument of fundamental rights protection within the European Union. Its use, however, aside from raising complex legal issues, is very much dependent on the awareness of its potential on the part of judges, lawyers and individuals.



10 June – 21 July 2019

Gender-based violence in the context of migration

For refugees and migrants, crossing borders often comes with heightened risks such as physical harm, sexual and gender-based violence, psychosocial trauma and exploitation, including trafficking. Addressing the root causes of forced and economic migration and ensuring that human rights are protected throughout the whole process are essential steps towards a stronger recognition of equal dignity for all.



12 March - 7 May 2018

Memory Sites and Human Rights

In a world of violent conflicts where the truth on past and present abuses is often manipulated, creating memorials such as historic sites, monuments, museums or art projects helps us raise awareness of the suffering and embrace the ideal of “never again!”



12 September - 24 October 2016

Disability as a human rights issue: global and national perspectives

Persons with disabilities are frequently marginalized in society and face numerous challenges in the enjoyment of their human rights. In the past such challenges were seen as an unavoidable consequence of their impairments. More recently, the introduction of a human rights-based model of disability has contributed to a shift in perceptions and attitudes towards them: no longer recipients of medical care and charity or objects of others’ decisions, but holders of rights.