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 in 2009, 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 advanced training programmes and certificate 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.

Certificate Course on Human Rights and Fundamental Rights

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Application for Certificate in Child Care

Distance Learning Advanced Certificate in Human Rights Approach To Prison Administration

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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

♦ Introduction to Human Rights
♦ Philosophical Foundation of the Concept of Human Rights
♦ Development of FR Jurisprudence in Sri Lanka
♦ Selected Case Studies
♦ Redress Mechanisms for Violations of Human Rights and Fundamental Rights
♦ Sri Lanka’s obligation under the International Law
♦ Discussion on Country Reports Submitted by Sri Lanka
♦ Current HR Issues & Concerns

Medium: Sinhala and Tamil

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

Evaluation: Individual and Group Assignments

Course Fee: Rs. 20, 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

♦ An Introduction to Law
♦ Legal System in Sri Lanka
♦ Courts System in Sri Lanka
♦ Different Laws
♦ Criminal Justice Related Institutions
♦ The Rule of Law
♦ The Constitution

Medium: Sinhala and Tamil

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

Evaluation: Individual and Group Assignments

Course Fee: Rs. 20, 000/-

Certificate Course on Child Care

Objectives

 Promote values of Child Care
 Enhance technical knowledge in child care practice
 Raising the awareness of legal & policy framework of alternative care in Sri Lanka
 Disseminating the knowledge of best practices in child care
 Developing skills in child care practice

The Programme

The following areas will be covered during the 30 hour period

♦ Understanding the child & childhood
♦ Child Rights & institutionalization
♦ Child Vulnerability
♦ Role & responsibility of relevant authorities
♦ Alternative care institutions and care providing
♦ Legal & policy framework of alternative care
♦ Professional skills of a care taker
♦ Maintaining alternative care institutions
♦ Methods & techniques of institutional development

Eligibility Criteria: 06 passes at the GCE O/L Examination including 04 credits with 02 years field related work experience or 03 passes at the GCE A/L Examination

Medium: Sinhala and Tamil

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

Evaluation: Presentation

Course Fee: Rs. 40, 000/-

Distance Learning Advanced Certificate in Human Rights Approach to Prison Administration

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights (CSHR), University of Colombo, in collaboration with the Center for Research and Training in Corrections, Department of Prisons, conducting the Distance Learning Advanced Certificate in Human Rights Approach to Prison Administration for Prison Officers in Sri Lanka since 2014.

Objectives

To build the capacity of Prison Officers in the area of Human Rights
To create a positive attitude towards the rights of prisoners and
To strengthen the capacity of Prison Officers by offering a comprehensive knowledge on their duties and responsibilities
Enhance knowledge of Prison Officers on International Human Rights and its applicability in Sri Lanka, especially within the Prisons.
Develop a self-learning study pack which is resourceful and time- efficient.
Strengthen the capacity of Prison Officers by offering a comprehensive knowledge on their rights and responsibilities and empowering prison personnel with tools which they can use when handling situational factors from a human rights perspective.
Build a positive attitude among Prison Officers towards protecting the rights of prisoners.
Encourage Officers to pursue further education related to their work.

Medium : Sinhala and Tamil

Evaluation: Assignments and Individual Presentation

Course Fee: Rs. 20, 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 and related Documents
♦ Core 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:

  • Local Applicants – Rs. 30, 000/-
  • Fee for Applicants from SAARC Countries – Rs. 60,000
  • Fee for Applicants from Non-SAARC Countries – Rs. 120,000

Eligibility for the above courses

Certificate Level

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

Advanced Certificate Level

(a) Six passes at the GCE O/L Examination with four Credits

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.2000/- 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 03

Tel : 011 2500879/2503017, Fax : 011 2598462

Email: cshr.humanrightscentre@gmail.com | cshr@sltnet.lk