International Law and Human Rights (summer school)
> This program will be offered online for Summer 2020 <
Masaryk University is located in the judicial capital of the Czech Republic making it a perfect location to study law. This online course takes students through different aspects of international law and how human rights intersect with it. Students will have virtual site visits to the UN in Vienna and Radio Free Europe to discuss how Human Rights intersects with their fields.
This programme uniquely offers students to be taught by esteemed professors, and current members of the court.
Why this program: This online course seeks to not only expand students’ academic knowledge, but also seeks to pull on the strengths of having students from all over the world enrol. The course will encourage students to learn not just from their professors but also from their peers through in class discussions and group projects.
Learning outcomes: This program is designed to teach students about international law from the European and Czech perspective. As well as enhance students intercultural communication skills through working in group projects with students from other nations.
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- Understand what the human rights are and how they are structured
- Key actors and instruments in the field of protection of human rights
- Limits and conflicts of some of the basic freedoms (e.g. of expression)
- What is the access to the legal help in the Czech Republic and in CEE region
Credits: Students will receive 8 ECTS upon successful completion of this course.
Dates and Fees
Dates: 13 – 29 July 2020
Cost: The cost of this program is €700
- All students who apply and commit by June 1 will receive a €100 discount.
- An additional discount will be provided to students of Masaryk University. Please email email@example.com for more information.
- Tuition for the summer school
- Virtual Site Visits (Radio Free Europe, UN, etc.)
- Masaryk University Transcript
Online classes will take place at 14:00 CET Monday-Friday for two hours. Students are expected to participate in the live lectures, however they will be recorded.
- Human Rights overview
- Levels of Protection
- Constitutional courts and their role in human rights protection
- Human Dignity
- Equality and Discrimination
- Social Rights
- Human Rights and Terrorism
- Right to Life
- Freedom of Expression v Hate Speech: Human Rights and International Criminal Law Perspectives
Virtual ‘coffee hours’ will be offered throughout the week to provide a space for students to ask questions that may come up, and to get to have a chance to better know who is in the course. They are not required, but are encouraged.
This time is subject to change based on enrollment, in which case a class time will be agreed upon by all involved.
Final grades will be awarded using the A-F grading system. Grades are based on daily quizzes based on readings, participation in online courses, a final project, and a final paper.
The final group project is meant to showcase what students have learned over the course and apply their knowledge. Through working in groups, students will gain a valuable skillset in giving virtual presentations and will have the opportunity to work with people from different cultures, hence expanding their intercultural communication skills.
Meet our Team
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Zuzana Vikarska is a Lecturer in Constitutional Law at the Law Faculty of Masaryk University (since 2017) and a law clerk at the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. She focuses on issues on the crossroad of constitutional law and EU law, such as questions of national identity and of the multi-level system of human rights protection. She serves as President of the Czech Society of European and Comparative Law. As a free time activity she pursues studies of hussite theology at the Charles University in Prague and reads contemporary fiction.
Katerina Uhlirova is a Lecturer in International Public Law at Masaryk University (MU) Faculty of Law (since 2007). She received her law degrees (magna cum laude) from MU and University of Wales Aberystwyth. Recipient of the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship awarded by the American Society of International Law (ASIL). Her research and publishing is mainly in the areas of international criminal law, international human rights law and diplomatic law. She was a Visiting Lecturer at the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco (2010–2013). She interned as a Law Clerk at the Office of the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague (2008) and at the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo (2007). Invited lectures and conference papers at universities and institutions in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany, USA, Israel, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, India, Russia, Kosovo, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia. Guest lecturer for NATO (Oberammergau) and Czech Judicial Academy (Prague). Consultancy for the OSCE and the Council of Europe. Professional membership: MU Science Advisory Board; European Network of Victim Lawyers for Trafficked Persons (in cooperation with the Council of Europe); Academic Committee of the Utrecht Network; Czech Society of International Law, European Society of International Law and ASIL. Member of the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic Working Group on Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Ministry of Interior Working Group on Trafficking in Human Beings.
Ladislav Vyhnánek is an Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University. He has been teaching courses in constitutional law, human rights and judicial studies for the past 12 years (with a year gap that he spent as a Fulbright Scholar at New York University School of Law). He has also worked for more than 10 years as a law clerk at the Czech Constitutional Court. He has published numerous articles and co-authored several books in the respective fields of his expertise, most recently on the position of the Czech Constitutional Court, constitutional identity or judicial treatment of the European Court of Human Rights case-law.
What does online mean at MUNI?
We recognize that students all over the world have had different experiences of what online classes mean. In this course, online instruction is meant to be both informative and interactive. Students will be expected to do the readings before the class, and to pose questions to the professors in their 250 word position papers. This will help guide the conversations to make the most of the online lectures.
Online live lectures will take place daily and students are expected to attend and participate. The professors will ask questions throughout the class to keep engagement high. The lectures will be recorded, if students are unable to attend live, however this will need to be agreed upon beforehand.