International Forum on Human Rights for Young Leaders

Deadline: 31 October 2014
Open to: young holders of a university degree in any field
Venue: 11-17 October 2015, McGill University in Montreal, Canada


The International Forum for Young Leaders brings together individuals under 30 years of age who have demonstrated their passion for implementing innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, and offering them an opportunity to interact and benefit from each other’s experiences. This is done through:

  • Selecting ambitious, persistent young leaders from across the world with the potential to act as change agents in their field, sector, or geographic region;
  • Spreading their ideas about how to tackle major human rights and access to justice challenges and effect wide-scale change;
  • Supporting an extensive network of former Young Leaders, named McGill Echenberg Fellows, to realize the practical implementation of their vision.

Participants hail from a range of backgrounds, including NGOs, politics, government, academia, the private sector, and the media. Young Leaders participate in a series of skill-developing sessions, workshops, round-table discussions, and cultural events aimed at engaging with the spectrum of issues that affect human rights outcomes, in addition to keynotes, panels and debates featuring prominent international human rights voices. The Forum is at the core of the Fourth Echenberg Family Conference on Human Rights, which will be held at McGill University in Montreal from October 11-17, 2015, and is organized by the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be under 30 years of age as of July 31, 2015;
  • Hold a university degree in any field;
  • Possess high oral proficiency in English; and
  • Have shown leadership, innovation, creativity, and/or entrepreneurship in your area of focus.


For the selected candidates, all conference costs will be covered, including travel expenses to and from Montreal, accommodation, meals and visa expenses.


Within your application package you will need to provide:

  • A completed application form;
  • a photocopy of an official ID confirming your age;
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • proof of university graduation;

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7 thoughts on “International Forum on Human Rights for Young Leaders

  1. The greatest living asset of man and his social environment is peace which is an absolute necessity. Lack of it is an inevitable phenomenon of human society. As a lawyer I use my profession to settle disputes arising out of basic life in order to save relationship, creating. Legal and human right awareness and empowerment among the general public and in particular the under privileged sections of the society through legal and civil education, advocacy research, follow up of human right abuses and provision of legal aid.

  2. The future of nigeria lies with us, we must strive to break from the past wrong attitudinal values by expetiating the term corruption in its full form and demostrate that includes poor management, poor judgemental value, poor decision making process, abdication of responsibilities, lateness e.t.c

  3. To live decently means individual citizen must understand what civility is all about. There is need to create enviroment that permit nigerian to have mutual passion and willingness to obey and respect the law.

  4. Nigeria is facing serious challenges in the processes of nation building effort and challenges make it compelling on the youth of this country to begin to channel new course for the embattled nation. There is an urgent need immediatetly to build a leadership base that can keep producing generation of honest leaders on a sustainable basis. Secondly there is the need to re-orientate nigerians to imbibe democratic culture.

  5. Generally, nigerian attitude towards wealth, make individual to assume that money is the ultimate goal and not the means to attain the goals, therefore there is need to redefined wealth and success in the acceptable way

  6. Me, Burundian of 23years old, am very happy after being informed about this event related in protection of human rights!!
    Really, this one must be our commitment to promotion of good governance which will be upholded through adherence to the principles of democraty, rule of law, accountability, transparency, social justice, equal opportunities, gender equality, promotion and protection of human and people’s rights.

    It means that this occasion will be inevitable for me because all mobilization and sensitization on this subject will be demonstrated!
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you who undertook this suggestion!!!


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