The conference, titled “Human Rights Education at Universities: Exploring Models of Human Rights Degree Programmes in Asia”, featured institutions that have pioneered in teaching human rights to share their experiences and challenges.
The conference aimed at facilitating efforts to develop a new human right degree programme at Seoul National University.
“It was a very well organised conference with many good speakers,” he says. “Many good experiences and best practices were discussed, which I think could be very useful for the development of a master programme in human rights.”
One of the cornerstones of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute is to develop world-class human rights education together with universities, governments and national human rights institutions to equip the future leaders to take on the human rights challenges of today and tomorrow.
Ljungholm spoke about both the RWI supported Master Programme in International Human Rights Law at Lund University, Sweden and at Pannasastra University of Cambodia.
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute has extensive experience of supporting human rights master programmes in Asia. The Institute was for example involved in establishing the first Human Rights Master Programme in China in cooperation with Beijing University. RWI also supported the first social science graduate programme in human rights in Southeast Asia around 10 years ago at Mahidol University in Thailand.
Furthermore, RWI has since 2013 supported the development and implementation of the first Master Programme in International Human Rights Law in Cambodia (in cooperation with Pannasastra University).