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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 courses


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.



29 April – 9 June 2019

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.



1 March – 1 September 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.


Upcoming courses

Summer School

Venice School of Human Rights

The Venice School was born 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.

Summer 2018

Summer School

Venice Academy of Human Rights

The Venice Academy is an international and interdisciplinary programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It provides an enriching forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in the field of human rights.

Summer 2018

Summer School

Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy

The Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy.

Summer 2018


Past courses


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.



25 February - 7 April 2019

Monitoring the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

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.



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.