Application deadline:

24 February 2020

Enrol by 27 January 2020 to receive a 10% discount!


The Venice School of Human Rights was born in 2010 with the goal of studying today's challenges in the field of human rights.

It allows its participants coming from all over the world to list these challenges and examine their reasons and possible solutions they can deploy. The Global Campus Venice School at the same time, combines theory and practice and its faculty includes prominent academics, representatives of leading human rights NGOs, members of the European Parliament and Sakharov Prize Laureates.

Courses are scheduled to take place in Venice at the premises of the Global Campus of Human Rights over a period of 8 days. The courses will be taught in English by internationally recognised experts and academics in the fields of human rights belonging to partner universities and other organisations that support Global Campus projects and endeavours. Participants will benefit from an extremely rich cultural environment including visits to museums, galleries and churches. Finally, they will be able to relax and enjoy walking along the Lido beaches or cycling around the island once the courses finish in the afternoon.

Sakharov Fellowship Programme

Since 2016 the European Parliament's Sakharov Fellowship Programme Programme offers up to 14 human rights defenders selected from non-EU countries the opportunity to follow a two week intensive training in Brussels and at the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice. Under the Sakharov Fellowship training programme human rights defenders will enhance their knowledge of EU and international human rights frameworks, policies and mechanisms and develop capacities to advocate for and effect positive change to protect human rights.

While the programme in Brussels focuses on EU policies and tools in support of human rights defenders, accessing funding for human rights defenders, developing communications skills, and raising awareness of specific security challenges facing human rights defenders, in Venice, Fellows are enrolled in the Venice School of Human Rights which combines academic teaching and sharing the Fellow's experiences with an international audience of practitioners in human rights. The aim is to develop knowledge of international human rights law, instruments and mechanisms and how to use these to effect change on the ground.

Here below some of the keynote speakers who took part in the past editions of the Venice School:

VS 2019 - Press Conference with Lorent Saleh, 2017 Sakharov Prize Laureate
VS 2017 - Press Conference with Lamya Haji Bashar, 2016 Sakharov Prize Laureate
VS 2016 - Opening Lecture by Hauwa Ibrahim, 2005 Sakharov Prize Laureate