Training on Understanding Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Date: 28 September – 2 October 2015

Location: Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights,
Villa Moynier – Rue de Lausanne 120B – CP 67 – 1211 Geneva 21 – Switzerland


The Geneva Academy organizes a training on “Understanding Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”. The courses are taught by academics including, Dr. Christophe Golay and Dr. Joanna Bourke-Martignoni, as well as senior professionals from international organizations and non-profit and are designed for civil society, staff of NGOs and national human rights institutions, representatives of government, staff from UN and other international organizations, as well as academic researchers.

Training Program – The training program covers the following topics and sessions:

1.  The normative content of ESCR, particularly the rights to health, housing, education, food, water, sanitation, social security and work;
2.  Justiciability of ESCR;
3.  UN monitoring mechanisms, including the UN Committee on ESCR, the Human Rights Council, and the UN Special Procedures;
4.  ESCR in context, e.g. privatization of services and ESCR; gender and ESCR; and the protection of the environment and ESCR;
5.  Discussions with experts, including UN Treaty Body members; Visit to a session of the UN Committee on ESCR.

Application Procedure – Click here for more information regarding the application procedure.