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IACHR and IPPDH Announce International Course on Public Policies on Human Rights

May 13, 2019

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Washington, DC / Buenos Aires—The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the MERCOSUR Institute for Public Policies on Human Rights (IPPDH) announced that the fourth International Course on Public Policies on Human Rights is now open for applications. This is the second time that the two organizations are running the course jointly.

The course will be held at the IPPDH International School, whose main mission is to provide training for state agents on MERCOSUR public policies and human rights. It is also part of the IACHR's Strategic Plan 2017-2021, which includes a program to promote public policies that aim to build respect for human rights as a core part of the process of strengthening countries’ capacities for implementing inter-American human rights standards.

The aim of the International Course on Public Policies on Human Rights is to provide training on the human rights-based approach to public policy for people from the Americas who work in the field. The course acknowledges the progress that has been made in the region and the challenges that remain. It explores prior experiences and examines difficulties that state institutions may encounter when implementing the human rights approach. The course combines theoretical and hands-on training in the fields of international human rights law, the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights, the social sciences, and public administration. It will include high-impact practical experiences relating to guaranteeing the rights that have been implemented by states in the region in recent years.

The course combines distance and on-site learning and will take place in three stages. The first stage lasts ten weeks and will take place online through the IPPDH International School’s virtual campus. This will be followed by a compulsory, on-site stage that will last five days and will be held at the IPPDH’s headquarters in Buenos Aires in February 2020. This session of the course also includes an optional third stage, as it did the last time the course was held, consisting of a week in Washington, DC, when participants can obtain the Specialization in the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights.

One hundred people from all over the Americas took part in the last course. This session of the course will be open to one hundred government officials who design, manage, implement, and evaluate public policies, members of social organizations and movements, academics, and members of the general public from MERCOSUR and OEA member states. The course has no cost and does not require tuition. The participants must cover their own expenses for transport, food and accommodation in the on-site stages.

Course schedule:

● Enrollment: May 13–June 12, 2019.
● Participant selection announced: June 28, 2019
● Online stage: July 30–October 29, 2019
● Optional week-long on-site stage at the IASHR headquarters: September 23–27, 2019
● Compulsory week-long on-site stage in Buenos Aires: February 10-14, 2020.

Click here to find out more about the course program

Click here for the application form

A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

The IPPDH is a technical research organization in the field of public policies on human rights. Its strategic lines of work were approved by the Meeting of High Authorities on Human Rights and Foreign Ministries of the MERCOSUR (RAADH) and aim to help states guarantee human rights and guarantee compliance with their related obligations, which are at the core of the MERCOSUR integration process. The IPPDH was designed to provide human rights-related research, training, technical advice on public policy design, and media support.


This press release was modified on May 17, 2019.

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