Human rights are developed through the constant dialogue between international human rights bodies and domestic courts, in a search that crosses geographical, cultural and legal boundaries. The result is a unique human rights grammar, which this course shall discuss and question, examining the sources of human rights, the rights of individuals, the duties of States, and the mechanisms of protection.

This Course shall rely extensively on comparative material from different jurisdictions, to study a wide range of topics including, religious freedom in multicultural societies, human rights in employment relationships, economic and social rights in development, or human rights in the context of the fight against terrorism.

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • A human rights approach to development
  • Human Rights: Conceptual Framework and Its Normative development
  • Universal, indivisible and inter–dependent
  • Good governance as a human right
  • Development, poverty and exclusion
  • Monitoring human rights and change
  • The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
  • The UN Secretary–General and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

This Cert, Dip or Adv Dip can be completed in as little as 10 weeks.

The programme will be delivered through lectures, group discussions, practical demonstrations, video presentations, practical and experiential exercises, case studies, and role-plays. Students will be assessed through written assignments, projects, oral presentations, and videotaped counselling project/examination and online formatting

  • What are human rights?
    • The sources of human rights law
    • Human rights and the theory of sources
    • The special nature of human rights
    • The question of reservations to human rights treaties
    • The jus commune of human rights
  • To which situations do human rights apply?
    • Jurisdiction – an introduction
    • Human rights, State sovereignty, and national territory
    • The typology of human rights: respect – protect – fulfill
    • Situations of emergency and derogations
  • When may human rights be restricted?
    • The absolute prohibition of torture and ill-treatment
    • Deportation of aliens and the prohibition of ill-treatment
    • Limitations to human rights: legitimacy
    • Limitation to human rights: legality
    • Limitation to human rights: necessity
  • When must the State intervene to protect human rights?
    • The State’s duty to protect human rights: introduction
    • Waiver of rights
    • Conflicts between human rights in inter-individual relationships
    • Transnational corporations
  • How much must States do to fulfill human rights?
    • The duty to fulfill – introduction
    • What are human rights-based policies?
    • How is progress measured? Indicators and benchmarks
    • How much is enough? “Progressive realization”
  • What is discrimination?
    • When does the non-discrimination requirement apply?
    • What are the States’ obligations?
    • How to address profiling and stereotyping?
    • What is discrimination?
  • How are human rights protected at domestic level?
    • What is the right to an effective remedy?
    • The justiciability of social rights
    • The role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)
  • How are human rights protected at international level?
    • The Human Rights Council and the Universal Periodic Review
    • The Human Rights Council and its Special Procedures
    • UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies and individual communications

At the end of the course you’ll be able to

  • Analyze and comment on key controversies surrounding the development of international human rights law
  • Use conceptual tools to follow the developments of human rights law
  • Be most effective in contributing to the enforcement of international human rights law

The recommended books for this program can be purchased directly by the student or through our school merchandise

Tuition for certificate programs is $560. Tuition for the Diploma programs is $900 and Tuition for Adv. Diploma programs is $1350. A one-time, non-refundable, application fee of $50 – and a Technology fee of $100 – are also required.​

After paying the application fee of $50, students pay a deposit half payment upon acceptance or conditional acceptance to the program. Students then make monthly equal payments of the balance, which includes the technology fee of $100

The faculty at the Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies will exceed your highest expectations. Our accomplished teachers and scholars engage in research and scholarly work that is characteristic of the learning environment both online and at cohort sessions. Our faculty is comprised of leading professors, diplomats, psychologists, educators, authors, coaches, practitioners, and theorists from across the globe. 

Majority of faculty members hold doctoral degrees and stay well-informed through research and scholarship that advance their field and enhance the value of your training.​

  • Complete the online admissions application, including:
    • Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
    • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
  • Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This admission. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.