Special Offer – Geneva based Students & Graduates – Traineeship during the 39th Human Rights Council

(from Monday 3 September – to Friday 28 September 2018)

GHR IFP monitoring Interns, Trainees and Fellows at the United Nations in Geneva (UNOG)


Through training, study and advocacy, Geneva for Human Rights – Global Training (GHR) aims at strengthening the work of all those involved in the promotion and protection of human rights, in particular human rights NGOs and defenders, whom it wants to empower.

Our Global Training Programme offers Courses in Geneva during the main UN human rights sessions. We teach the UN human rights institutions and their mechanisms, as well as the use of international procedures and treaty bodies.

Throughout the year, GHR offers internships from three to six months. For those studying in Geneva, we are flexible in the daily planning, in order to enable them to continue their studies during their internship. Interns are part of our Programme Human Rights Policy Studies (HPS), which supports all our training activities. Internship Application forms are available upon request at our Secretariat.

Traineeship during the 39th session of the Human Rights Council
(from Monday 3 September to Friday 28 September 2018)

This traineeship is open to University students, in particular those from the Geneva Region. It offers a unique opportunity to attend the 4-week session of the UN Human Rights Council (‘HR-Council’), and to receive in the meantime a 2-week advanced Course on the UN human rights mechanisms and procedures.

During the 39th session of the HR-Council, GHR conducts its Geneva Course for defenders from the regions (10 – 21 September 2018). This Course is a unique intensive and interactive training of trainers, combining the theory, the exchanges of experience between participants (situations) and the exposure to the diplomatic reality.

Selected trainees for this Traineeship during the 39th session of the HR-Council are expected to start with a team meeting on Monday afternoon 3 September 2018.

The Geneva Course is conducted during the first two weeks of the HR-Council every day with morning classes devoted to the presentation of the themes on the agenda of the HR-Council, and of the main reports submitted to the HR-Council, the discussion of the notes and papers of the participants, and the analysis of the debates in the HR-Council.

Each afternoon, the participants monitor the deliberations in the HR-Council. During the HR-Council, HPS will be a multidisciplinary and multicultural team of 10 to 15 students and defenders from the regions.
Selected trainees will not have to pay the registration fees for the Course, which amount to 1’200.- CHF. We request a participation fee of 135.- CHF (dinners, documentation kit, …).

A certificate will be given to those having submitted a note on the main patterns of abuses in their country; several summaries of the debates in the HR-Council; summaries of the morning classes; and a draft communication to a UN thematic procedure on a case of grave human rights abuses.

The traineeship is from Monday (afternoon) 3 to Friday 28 September 2018.

Applications should be sent to our Secretariat by E-mail (info@gdh-ghr.org & acz.hr@bluewin.ch). Deadline is Friday 31 August 2018.


(from 10 to 21 September 2018)

GENERAL COURSE (10 – 14 September 2018)

Sunday 9 September: Trainees from the regions arrive in Geneva

Monday 10 September: Attending the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council
All the participants in the Geneva Course meet at 08:00
At the United Nations, ‘Pregny Gate
(from Railway Station ‘Cornavin’, bus 8 direction ‘OMS’, Stop ‘Appia’)
08.00 Collecting the badges at the UN
10.00 – 12.30 Attending the opening session of the HR-Council (Room XX).
15.00 – 17.00 Course-1. Briefing on access to the HR-Council and the Programme of Work and the Annotated agenda of the HR-Council (Location: in the UN building).
Tuesday 11 September (exceptionally whole day Course):
From Tuesday 11 September onwards, all the morning classes to be held
in the Conference Room Caecilia (16, Rue Schaub, 1201 Geneva)
(from Railway Station ‘Cornavin’ tram lines 14 or 18 (direction ‘Meyrin’ or ‘CERN’)
or Trolley Bus 3 (direction ‘Gardiol’) – Stop ‘Poterie’
08.30            Opening of the Geneva Course.
09.00 – 10.30 Confidential session: presentation of the participants.
11.00 – 12.30 Course-2. Introduction to the international system: international human rights law, humanitarian and criminal laws; international relations; the IGO’s; UN structure, organs and programmes.
(lunch break)
13.30 – 15.00 Course-3. The UN and human rights.
15.30 – 16.30 Course-4. The human rights standards.
17.00 – 18.00 Course-5. The Human Rights Council: mandate, mechanisms (special procedures, Universal Periodic Review, Advisory Committee, Working groups, Expert bodies, Consultative Group, special sessions).
20.00 Dinner of the General Course in Restaurant ‘Chez Ma Cousine’, Chemin du Petit-Saconnex 2, 1209 Genève (trolleybus 3, direction ‘Gardiol).

Wednesday 12 September:
08.30 – 09.30 Exchanges on the opening session of the HR-Council.
09.30 – 10.30 Presentations of country situations.
11.00 – 12.00 Course-6. Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
12.00 – 13.00 Course-7. The UN Special procedures.
Afternoon: Attending the session of the HR-Council

Thursday 13 September:  Deadline for papers on human rights patterns in your countries

08.30 – 09.30 Exchanges on the debates in the Human Rights Council.
09.30 – 10.30 Course-8. Presentation of the Reports submitted to the 30th session of the HR-Council) by the High Commissioner.
11.00 – 12.00 Course-9. Writing communications to the UN special procedures.
12.00 – 13.00 Course-10. The Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR).
Afternoon: Attending the session of the HR-Council
19.00 – 22.00 Self-made dinner.

Friday 14 September:
08.30 – 09.00 1st test for the participants (Week-1)
09.00 – 10.30 Course-11. Introduction to transitional justice.
11.30 – 12.30 Course-12. The UN & Indigenous Peoples (Special Rapporteur, Experts Mechanism, Permanent Forum, World Conference)
Afternoon: Attending the session of the HR-Council, in particular:

Room XX of the United Nations Office of Geneva (UNOG). Human Rights Council Session Room


Monday 17 September:
Deadline for the draft letters to the special procedures
08.30 – 09.30 Course-13. Summary of the first week in the HR-Council. General discussion.
09.30 – 10.00 Comments on draft communications for the UN Special procedures.
10.15 – 11.15 Course-14. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
11.30 – 12.30 Course-15. Women’s rights (the Council and its mechanisms; Commission on the Status of Women; CEDAW; mainstreaming women’s rights in UN activities; UN Women, UN Security Council, rape of women in war time).
Afternoon: Attending the session of the HR-Council.

Tuesday 18 September:
08.30 – 09.30 Analysis of the debates in the HR-Council.
09.45 – 10.30 Course-16. International Humanitarian Law.
11.00 – 12.30 Course-17. International Criminal Law.
Afternoon: Attending the session of the HR-Council.

Wednesday 19 September:
08.30 – 09.30 Discussion of draft letters to the special procedures.
09.30 – 10.30 Course-18. Country situations in the HR-Council.
11.00 – 12.30 Course-19. The adoption of UPR reports.
Afternoon: Attending the session of the HR-Council.

Thursday 20 September:
08.30 – 10.00 Discussion of draft letters to the special procedures.
10.30 – 12.00 Course-20. Human Rights Treaty Bodies.
12.00 – 12.30 2nd test for the participants (Week-2).
Afternoon: Attending the session of the HR-Council.

Friday 21 September:
08.30 – 09.30 Discussion of draft letters to the special procedures.
09.30 – 10.30 Course-22. Recapitulation of the Course. Evaluation and follow-up.
11.00 – 12.30 Course-23. Contribution of the UN to human rights implementation in the countries: UN Recommendations ( Special procedures, treaty bodies, UPR), national plans, national institutions, public policies regarding human rights, technical assistance programmes.
Afternoon: Attending the session of the HR-Council.
19.00 – 22.30 Closing dinner of the Course. Certificates.

Trainees of the Geneva Course having received their Certificate

Saturday 22 September: Trainees from the regions: Departure from Geneva

GSC-43-3(Application form GSC-43 September 2018)
GSC-43-1(Presentation Geneva Course GSC-43 10-21 Sept.2018)
GSC-43-2(Programme Geneva Course GSC-43 – September 2018)