Application deadline:

6 March 2019

Early Bird: Enrol by 6 February 2019 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 EIUC Venice School at the same time, combines theory and practice and its faculty involves both academics and practitioners. The Venice School intends to highlight that the respect for human rights is the responsibility of all, that "Human Rights are our responsibility".

Courses are scheduled to take place in Venice at the premises of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation over a period of 8 days. The courses will be taught in English by internationally recognised experts in the fields of human rights belonging to EIUC's partner universities and other organisations that support EIUC projects and endeavors. Participants will benefit from an extremely rich cultural environment including visits to museums, galleries, churches and the Venice Biennale. 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 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 European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation 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 EIUC's 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. Lecturers include prominent academics, representatives of leading human rights NGOs, Sakharov Prize Laureates and Members of the European Parliament.