2-5 October 2017
Application start 9 February 2017
Application end 2 September 2017
Application end / With visa 2 July 2017
Fee: 1230 Swiss Francs
What is the human rights impact of land grabbing? How have United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms responded to the phenomenon? What forms of protection are currently being provided under international law in relation to the right to land, as well as for land rights defenders? What mechanisms are available to monitor and remedy human rights violations associated with land grabbing at the national or regional levels?
This training course provides participants with an in-depth examination of the complex relationship between human rights and land grabbing. The course focuses on the impact of land grabbing on the rights to food, water, housing, and work, and on the protection of land rights defenders, who are among those most at risk of being arbitrarily arrested or killed.
Participants will be provided with information on the ongoing negotiation process to elaborate a UN declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, which contains provisions on the right to land.
They will have opportunities to meet with experts based in Geneva, notably during the expert seminar on the rights of peasants which will be held at the UN on the day after the training course.
The training course covers the following issues:
At the end of this course, participants will be:
Participants are invited to attend the expert seminar on the rights of peasants, which will be held at the UN on Friday 6 October 2017, 9:00-17:30 (free of charge).
Participants who successfully complete the training course receive a certificate of participation from the Geneva Academy.
The training fee for this four-day programme is 1,230 Swiss Francs (30 percent discount for PhD and master students).
The fee includes tuition costs, course materials, 4 lunches, and refreshments during coffee breaks.
The fee is payable as soon as your place has been confirmed, and at the latest 3 weeks before the start of the course (11 September 2017).
All participants are responsible for their own travel costs to Geneva, including Swiss visa fees and evening meals (approximately 30 Swiss Francs per meal).
Participants can request on-campus accommodation via the online application form. Due to the limited places available, accommodation is not guaranteed. Participants seeking on-campus accommodation are encouraged to request it as soon as possible.
Language of instruction: English
If you have any questions, please email rightsofpeasants[at]geneva-academy.ch
Adriana Bessa's research areas include the rights of traditional local communities, the draft declaration on the rights of peasants and the right to food.
Joanna Bourke Martignoni's research areas include the right to food, land commercialization, climate change, the right to education and gender equality.
Christophe Golay's expertise notably relates to economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and the rights of peasants.
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