Invitation to Online Conference on Human Rights Education in Higher Education  

We hereby invite academics and students to an online conference to be held 29-31 October 2020 on the topic of Human Rights Education (HRE) in higher education.  

Background and Objectives   

Building on the work of leading academic institutions in Belarus over the last decade, and on RWI research and practical work on the implementation of international standards and good practices, the conference will provide a platform for academics from Belarus and beyond to discuss the role and practices of HRE in higher education. Sessions will be supported by experts from RWI, Belarusian and regional universities, and by invited stakeholders with relevant expertise 

Two main topics of the conference:  

  • Ensuring Quality in Human Rights Education at the level of Higher Education 
  • Mainstreaming/integrating Human Rights into Courses in different Disciplines  

The conference aims to analyse the concept of quality in education, reflecting among other on teachers’ competences, teaching methods and toolsas well as opportunities to achieve broader impact in the inter-disciplinary environment and to enhance the impact of HRE on society and culture. Conference sessions will also reflect on gender dimension in HREopportunities provided by human rights research to enhance quality of HRE, non-formal education as well as the interrelation of HRE and the SDG agendas.  

Furthermore, reference will be made to progress and developments since the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (2011), in particular to phase two of the UN World Programme Human Rights Education (2010-2014) which focused on higher education, and to the current fourth phase (2020-2024) which focuses on youth.   

Registrations to the conference should be made in the link below by 30 September 2020.  

Participants who wish to present a paper in the conference should include tentative topics in the registration, and submit abstracts by 21 August to:  

For selected authors, final papers should be submitted by 15 October 

The organising committee, consisting of RWI and Belarusian academics and staff, will select papers based on quality and relevance for conference purposes (see above)and also pursuing diversity of topics as well as of authors, in terms of gender, academic institutions and countries represented.  

Questions should be addressed to  

We are looking forward to hearing from you! 

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    Please specify / Пожалуйста, укажите вашу должность / факультет и курс обучения

    Will you submit an abstract for the conference? / Хотели бы вы отправить заявку на презентацию во время конференции?
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    If Yes, please state tentative topic and key issues of your presentation (no more than 400 words) / Пожалуйста, сформулируйте предварительную тему вашего выступления и ключевые тезисы (не более 400 слов):

    Further information and draft programme will be shared with registered participants shortly after the application deadline.

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