Human rights, Law, Public health, Social science

Course date

14 July - 23 July, 2014
The application process is closed.
Course Director(s): 

David Bewley-Taylor

School of Arts and Humanities, University of Swansea, UK

Julia Buxton

School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Damon Barrett

Harm Reduction International, UK

Balazs Denes

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

Niamh Eastwood

Release, London, UK

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

Open Society Global Drug Policy Program, Warsaw, Poland

Katherine Pettus

University of California, San Diego, US

Peter Sarosi

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

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. 

Click here to see a short video interview with the course director, Professor Julia Buxton.

Click here to see a drug policy related panel discussion at CEU.