Study Human Rights Litigation at CEU Summer University in Budapest!

Deadline: 14 February 2014
Open to: human rights litigators and activists with 3 years of working experience
Venue: 21-25 July 2014, Budapest, Hungary


Human rights litigation is one of the methods by which civil society organizations can bring about social change. This course for human rights professionals will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change. Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.

A faculty of human rights practitioners from the Open Society Justice Initiative and academics from Central European University will be joined by visiting experts, creating a wide body of expertise. Workshops will focus on key skills such as advocacy in support of ligation, legal drafting, communications and media, and dealing with the ethical problems that arise in human rights cases. Modules in specific subject areas will allow participants to examine key issues in their field, including discrimination, freedom of information and expression, violations in the context of migration, rights upon arrest, and torture and ill-treatment in detention.


The course invites applications from human rights litigators and activists with 3 years’ working experience, who are seeking to enforce the rights of the individual against the state. Some participants will have a legal background, and will be involved in bringing cases before the courts. Others may be professionals wishing to develop their skills in these new areas, but will bring experiences of other forms of human rights work. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

The language of instruction is English, thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.


  • Tuition Fee: 300 EUR (“Early Bird” fee: 270 EUR);
  • Accommodation in CEU Residence Center: in single room: 28 EUR per night per person – including breakfast; in shared double room: 17 EUR per night per person – including breakfast;
  • Estimated living costs: 120-150 EUR.

Financial aid is available in the following categories: tuition waiver, accommodation grant, travel grant (full or partial) and stipend.

Participants from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, as well as those coming from emerging countries worldwide can apply for financial aid in all categories listed above. Participants from developed countries are expected to pay tuition fee. However, there are a limited number of tuition waivers available on a competitive basis. Those who wish to apply for a tuition waiver should send a separate cover letter specifying their reasons. Participants are not eligible to receive financial aid if they attended two CEU funded Summer University courses within a four-year period.

More information on the financial aid can be found HERE.


Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

  • Completed online SUN Application Form, a registration is required;
  • Letter of recommendation;
  • A full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any;
  • Statement of Purpose;
  • Brief writing sample in English related to the course theme;
  • Optional attachments: A copy of an English language proficiency certificate (if available).

If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff:

e-mail for inquiry and correspondence:
Tel: (36-1) 327-3811
Fax: (36-1) 327 – 3124
Skype (free internet telephone): ceu-sun

The application process in details is explained HERE.

Visit the official web-site.

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