Training course on monitoring economic, social and cultural rights

Geneva-Switzerland, 11-15 May 2009

Received by mail:
From: Claire Mahon
Date: 16/02/2009

Dear colleagues, The course will provide staff from small and medium-sized organisations with the know-how to get started in monitoring economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights), and the in-depth knowledge to enhance their ESC rights monitoring work. At the end of the training, the participants will be:

  • Familiar with the content of economic, social and cultural rights;
  • Able to devise realistic strategies for monitoring ESC rights and documenting the violation/realisation of an ESC right of a particular concern to them or their organization;
  • Able to present findings effectively, and devise an advocacy strategy which makes use of the international human rights mechanisms.

A dynamic combination of lectures with hands-on practical work on real country situations, facilitated by experts experienced in ESC rights work at both UN and grassroots level. The course will be held in parallel with the May session of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, which will also be held in Geneva. This will allow course participants to observe the Committee in session, to the extent time permits.

Tuition, fee, lodging:

The course fee is 1500- CHF (includes: tuition costs, course materials, 5 lunches, and coffee breaks). Participants have to pay for their own travel to Geneva and accommodation in Geneva, as well as other expenses related to their stay (including a visa to enter Switzerland if needed). A limited number of possibilities exist for external funding for some participants from the developing world. Applicants should complete the application form, and include a CV. All overseas and non-self-funded applicants should send their application to ESCproject by 6 March 2009. For local and self-funded applicants, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 13 April 2009.

You can find more information about this course at AdhGeneve (Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights)

Many thanks, Claire Mahon, Joint Coordinator, Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Institut de hautes études internationales et du dévelopement, Case postale 136, 1211 Geneve 21, Suisse, Tel:  (+41) 022 908.44.32, Mobile:  (+41) 079 564.96.17,

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