Human rights, Law, Public health, Social science

Course date

15 July - 23 July, 2013
1 March, 2013
The application deadline expired. No more applications will be reviewed.
Course Director(s): 

David Bewley-Taylor

School of Arts and Humanities, University of Swansea, UK

Desmond Cohen

Open Society Global Drug Policy Program
Course Faculty: 

Damon Barrett

Harm Reduction International, UK

Julia Buxton

School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Balazs Denes

European Civil Liberties Project, Open Society Foundations, Budapest, Hungary

Krzysztof Krajewski

Department of Criminology, Jagellonian University, Krakov, Poland

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

Open Society Global Drug Policy Program, Warsaw, Poland

Daniel Mejia

Department of Economics, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Peter Sarosi

Drug Policy Program, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), Budapest, Hungary

Coletta Youngers

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Washington D.C., USA

This course aims to explore the often tense intersection between drug policy and human rights. Taking place within the broader context of the UN drug control system, discussion will focus on the identification and understanding of relevant international human rights agreements and on the evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementation of drug policies in many countries and regions.  Including examination of both ‘consumer’ and ‘supply’ side issues, the focus of the course will be global and participants will be drawn from all regions internationally.

A mix of teaching modes will be used and faculty are encouraged to minimise the use of formal lectures. Emphasis will be on discussion and interactive learning with opportunity for sharing participant experiences.  Time will be allocated for personal reading and participants will be encouraged to interact personally with faculty so as to deepen understanding of the issues. Site visits and discussions with civil society organisations and groups will be a feature of the programme of activities.

All those attending the course will be provided by CEU with a Certificate of Attendance. Opportunities will also be provided during the course for personal discussions with Faculty. It is intended that further work after the conclusion of the course be encouraged both in respect of research and programme analysis and development. Course faculty will be prepared to provide follow up assistance through personal agreement with students.

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