The Advanced Human Rights Courses Programme (AHRC) was established in 2000, and was previously known as the Good Governance Programme (GGP). The Programme consists of annual advanced short courses dealing with issues pertinent to human rights, development and good governance in Africa. Each course, lasting one week, is presented by local and international experts in the respective fields, with a careful balance between academics and practitioners. Human rights and development professionals at all levels often have to grapple with the multi-disciplinary challenges presented by the huge gap between human rights in practice and human rights in theory.
African Human Rights System in Comparative Perspectives

African Human Rights System in Comparative Perspectives

22 - 26 October 2018
The course focuses on regional human rights norms and its application in Africa. The course covers a general introduction to human rights law and the role players in the development and enforcement of human rights norms in Africa.

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Civil Society Law in Africa

Civil Society Law in Africa

4 - 6 July 2018
Through the Legal Education Initiative, ICNL partners with selected African educational institutions to promote the study of laws affecting civil society. The Legal Education Initiative seeks to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders with respect to the legal and regulatory principles affecting civil society.

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Challenging Gender Inequality: Rights, Roles and Responsibilities

Challenging Gender Inequality

5 - 9 November 2018
Through the Legal Education Initiative, ICNL partners with selected African educational institutions to promote the study of laws affecting civil society. The Legal Education Initiative seeks to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders with respect to the legal and regulatory principles affecting civil society.

Read more

Children’s Rights in Africa

Children’s Rights in Africa

23 - 27 July 2018
The short course is part of the capacity strengthening initiative of the Children’s Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights. Its aim is to equip professionals in the area of children’s rights with adequate knowledge and skills that will enable them to deliver better on their mandate and contribute to the advancement of children’s rights in Africa.

Read more

Disability Rights in an African context

Disability Rights in an African context

12 - 16 March 2018
Disability rights in an African context comes in the wake of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD) (2006) is part of the Centre’s efforts in promoting awareness about disability rights in the African region.

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Indigenous Peoples' Rights course

Indigenous Peoples' Rights course

24 - 28 September 2018
This one-week intensive course strengthens knowledge and capacity-building on indigenous peoples’ rights, to ensure better understanding of indigenous peoples’ plight and rights among members of ‘mainstream NGOs’ and government officials,

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Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic

Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic

14 - 18 May 2018
Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights in Africa provides participants with a critical understanding of the possibilities of and problems associated with judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa.

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Race and Common Citizenship

Race and Common Citizenship

9 - 12 April 2018
The course explores race and its relevance today in South Africa. It interrogates race in its various dimensions, the construction of race and racial identities in a South African historical context; the concepts of racialisation and racism.

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Right to Development in Africa

Right to Development in Africa

26 February - 2 March 2018
The right to development from an African perspective. The course covers issues such as, Theories of development Right to development in Africa, International financial institutions and the right to development.

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Sexual Minority Rights

Sexual Minority Rights

26 February - 2 March 2018
Sexual Minorities in Africa introduces participants to basic SOGIE concepts and a thematic and geographical exposition of challenges faced by LGBTI persons in Africa. This course is designed for people who wish to obtain basic/introductory information, an understanding of the terminology and a general appreciation of the problems faced by LGBTI persons in realising basic human rights in many societies.

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Women's Rights in Africa

Women's Rights in Africa

26 - 29 March 2018
The course provides a balance between theory and practical advocacy skills useful for practitioners from across the continent working in areas relating to women’s rights.The course examines the international and regional human rights frameworks that guarantee the human rights of women and girls in Africa, with a particular focus on the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

Read more

Police Oversight and Accountability in Africa

Police Oversight and Accountability

10 - 14 September 2018
The aim of the course is to profile police accountability and oversight as a human rights and governance concern, and assist in building a community of practitioners on the continent who can become active advocates for increased accountability of the police, and who are skilled to identify and act in terms of overseeing the actions of the police.

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The Advanced Human Rights Courses Programme (AHRC) was established in 2000, and was previously known as the Good Governance Programme (GGP). The Programme consists of annual advanced short courses dealing with issues pertinent to human rights, development and good governance in Africa. Each course, lasting one week, is presented by local and international experts in the respective fields, with a careful balance between academics and practitioners. Human rights and development professionals at all levels often have to grapple with the multi-disciplinary challenges presented by the huge gap between human rights in practice and human rights in theory.
African Human Rights System in Comparative Perspectives

African Human Rights System in Comparative Perspectives

22 - 26 October 2018
The course focuses on regional human rights norms and its application in Africa. The course covers a general introduction to human rights law and the role players in the development and enforcement of human rights norms in Africa.

Read more

Civil Society Law in Africa

Civil Society Law in Africa

4 - 6 July 2018
Through the Legal Education Initiative, ICNL partners with selected African educational institutions to promote the study of laws affecting civil society. The Legal Education Initiative seeks to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders with respect to the legal and regulatory principles affecting civil society.

Read more

Challenging Gender Inequality: Rights, Roles and Responsibilities

Challenging Gender Inequality

5 - 9 November 2018
Through the Legal Education Initiative, ICNL partners with selected African educational institutions to promote the study of laws affecting civil society. The Legal Education Initiative seeks to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders with respect to the legal and regulatory principles affecting civil society.

Read more

Children’s Rights in Africa

Children’s Rights in Africa

23 - 27 July 2018
The short course is part of the capacity strengthening initiative of the Children’s Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights. Its aim is to equip professionals in the area of children’s rights with adequate knowledge and skills that will enable them to deliver better on their mandate and contribute to the advancement of children’s rights in Africa.

Read more

Disability Rights in an African context

Disability Rights in an African context

12 - 16 March 2018
Disability rights in an African context comes in the wake of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD) (2006) is part of the Centre’s efforts in promoting awareness about disability rights in the African region.

Read more

Indigenous Peoples' Rights course

Indigenous Peoples' Rights course

24 - 28 September 2018
This one-week intensive course strengthens knowledge and capacity-building on indigenous peoples’ rights, to ensure better understanding of indigenous peoples’ plight and rights among members of ‘mainstream NGOs’ and government officials,

Read more

Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic

Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic

14 - 18 May 2018
Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights in Africa provides participants with a critical understanding of the possibilities of and problems associated with judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa.

Read more

Race and Common Citizenship

Race and Common Citizenship

9 - 12 April 2018
The course explores race and its relevance today in South Africa. It interrogates race in its various dimensions, the construction of race and racial identities in a South African historical context; the concepts of racialisation and racism.

Read more

Right to Development in Africa

Right to Development in Africa

26 February - 2 March 2018
The right to development from an African perspective. The course covers issues such as, Theories of development Right to development in Africa, International financial institutions and the right to development.

Read more

Sexual Minority Rights

Sexual Minority Rights

26 February - 2 March 2018
Sexual Minorities in Africa introduces participants to basic SOGIE concepts and a thematic and geographical exposition of challenges faced by LGBTI persons in Africa. This course is designed for people who wish to obtain basic/introductory information, an understanding of the terminology and a general appreciation of the problems faced by LGBTI persons in realising basic human rights in many societies.

Read more

Women's Rights in Africa

Women's Rights in Africa

26 - 29 March 2018
The course provides a balance between theory and practical advocacy skills useful for practitioners from across the continent working in areas relating to women’s rights.The course examines the international and regional human rights frameworks that guarantee the human rights of women and girls in Africa, with a particular focus on the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

Read more

Police Oversight and Accountability in Africa

Police Oversight and Accountability

10 - 14 September 2018
The aim of the course is to profile police accountability and oversight as a human rights and governance concern, and assist in building a community of practitioners on the continent who can become active advocates for increased accountability of the police, and who are skilled to identify and act in terms of overseeing the actions of the police.

Read more