Certificate and Advanced Certificate Courses

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights is a service oriented, nonprofit making institution in the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, established in 1991. Through its mandate of human rights education and research, the CSHR continued to conduct awareness and training programmes and carried out research towards disseminating knowledge of human rights in the country.

In terms of human rights education, the need to offer formal human rights courses to the public was identified. The CSHR commenced the Distance Learning Diploma in Human Rights and Peace Studies in 2005 and the online Diploma in Human Rights in 2008. In addition, the University of Colombo, through the CSHR and the Faculty of Law, collaborated with the University of Sydney, Australia, to offer the Asia Pacific Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation.

As a response to the demand of human rights themes, the CSHR has planned three advanced training programmes for the public. The main objective of these Programmes is to provide comprehensive knowledge to persons who have an interest to develop their knowledge in the following areas.

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 Application Deadline: 31 March 2016

Certificate Course on Human Rights and Fundamental Rights

Objectives

  Promote values of human rights
Develop and enhance knowledge in human rights law and practice
Share experiences with other participants, scholars and human rights activists on human rights issues

The Programme
The following areas will be covered during the 30 hour period

♦ Human Rights Concept
♦ Historical Evolution
♦ Fundamental Rights
♦ Case Law
♦ Redress Mechanisms for Violations of Human Rights and Fundamental Rights
♦ Group Rights and Applicability in Sri Lanka
♦ Rights of Children and Women
♦ Rights of Differently abled persons and Elders
♦ Environmental Rights
♦ Discussion/Group activity/Case Study

 Medium: Sinhala and Tamil

 Teaching methods: Lectures, Discussion, Videos, Case Studies etc

 Evaluation: Individual and Group Assignments

 Course Fee: Rs.15, 000/-


Certificate Course on The Law and The Citizen

Objectives

  Provide a comprehensive understanding of the law
Develop and enhance knowledge basic legal concepts and applications to current legal issues
Provide the Knowledge to make informed decisions in cases involving ethics and legal issues

 The Programme
The following areas will be covered during the 30 hour period

 ♦ Sources of Law
♦ Common Law and Special Laws
♦ Courts System in Sri Lanka
♦ Fundamental Rights and the Constitution
♦ Fundamental Rights and the Criminal Justice Related Institutions
♦ The Rule of Law
♦ Legal Institutions and Social Responsibility

 Medium: Sinhala and Tamil

 Teaching methods: Lectures, Discussion, Videos, Case Studies etc

 Evaluation: Individual and Group Assignments

 Course Fee: Rs.15, 000/-


Certificate Course on Women’s and Children Rights

Objectives

Obtain extended knowledge of the origin of theoretical and practical dimensions in women’s and children’s rights
Enhanced understanding of the role of international instruments for implementing and monitoring of women’s and children’s
rights

Sensitised on gender equality, including sexual and gender based violence, women and children in situations of armed conflict

The Programme
The following areas will be covered during the 2 month period

 ♦ Introduction to CEDAW
♦ Women and Law
♦ Women and Access to Justice System
♦ The Development of Feminist Thought
♦ Problems faced by Women in the Asian Region
♦ Analysis of Child Rights Convention
♦ The Concept of Best Interest of the Child
♦ Constitutional Protection of Children
♦ Child Rights in the Asian Region

 Medium: Sinhala and Tamil

Teaching methods: Lectures, Discussion, Videos etc

Evaluation: Individual and Group Assignments

Course Fee: Rs.15, 000/-


Certificate Course on Workers’ Rights

Objectives

  Obtain extended knowledge of theoretical and practical dimensions of labour rights
Enhanced understanding of the role of international and national instruments for implementing and monitoring of labour rights

The Programme
The following areas will be covered during the 2 month period

 ♦ Introduction of Labour Law
♦ International Law and Labour Rights
♦ Health, Welfare and Safety in Employment
♦ Employment of Women and Children
♦ Child Labour
♦ Trade Unionism

 Medium: Sinhala, Tamil and English

Teaching methods: Lectures, Discussion, Videos, Case Studies etc

Evaluation: Individual and Group Assignments

Course Fee: Rs.15, 000/-

 


Advanced Certificate Course on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law

Objectives

Provide participants with the basic knowledge of HR and IHL
Develop the participants’ knowledge to open their minds to the rights they are entitled
Develop a system of appreciation of human beings, their individual dignity, rights and means of defending them.
Motivate to study human rights

The Programme
The following areas will be covered during the 6 month period

 ♦ Introduction to Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
♦ Basic International Human Rights Instruments
♦ International Human Rights Instruments
♦ Domestic Human Rights Protection Mechanisms
♦ International Humanitarian Law Instruments
♦ The Application of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
♦ Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons and Migration
♦ Dealing with Violations, Implementation of IHL, International Criminal Jurisdiction

 Medium: English

Teaching methods: Lectures, Discussion, Videos etc

Evaluation: Continuous Assessment (Individual or group) Assignments /Essays / Presentations
                      80% attendance is required

Course Fee: Rs.30, 000/-


Eligibility for the above courses

 Certificate Level

(a) Six passes at the GCE (O/L) Examination with three credits (including a Pass in English for applicants of Worker’s Rights)

 Advance Certificate Level

 (a) Six passes at the GCE O/L Examination with three Credits including a Pass in English 

 OR

 (b) two years work experience in the field of Human Rights or related field

 Available Resources: Study Packs will be provided and access given to the CSHR Resource Centre.

 Teaching Staff: University Academics, Lawyers and Experts in the thematic areas.

 Note: Candidates can apply for two programmes.

Applications can be downloaded from the CSHR website cshr.cmb.ac.lk or can be obtained from the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo.

Completed Applications and copies of certificates should be submitted along with the paying voucher of the non refundable application fee of Rs.250/- to be paid to any branch of the People’s Bank, in favour of ‘University of Colombo – Main Collection Account’ with the relevant account number as indicated in the application form.

Completed applications along with copies of certificates can be submitted by post, email or hand delivery to the following address;

The Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights,
Faculty of Law, University of Colombo,
94 Cumarathunga Munidasa Mawatha, Colombo 03Tel : 011 2500879/2503017, Fax : 011 2598462
Email: cshr@sltnet.lk
Website: cshr.cmb.ac.lk

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