Join us for the first edition of a regular Academy and Conference on Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels!
Human rights experts and practitioners, academia, policy makers, public administrators, civil society, as well as international and regional organizations will gather in order to exchange knowledge and establish co-operations in a global network of stakeholders. In addition, young researchers are invited to share their research projects.
The Academy and Conference will demonstrate innovative approaches and proven practices for making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable by following a human rights-based approach.
We seek to contribute to the United Nations vision of protecting and promoting human rights for all by informing local governments on how to deliver on their international obligations as well as the goals set by the 2030 Agenda and its promise to “Leave No One Behind”.
The event is held online in English.
1 February 2021: Young Researcher’s Day
2-4, 8 February 2021: Academy
9 February 2021: Conference – registrations now open!
For more information on the event procedure, please consult the FAQ section below.
The first day of the Academy is dedicated to innovative research projects in the field of human rights research at the local level by promising researchers.
On this day, young researchers (postgraduates, PhD candidates, early post-doc) are invited to present their research projects and will receive feedback from participating experts and peers. Thereby, participants will enhance their own research endeavours and will contribute to sharing cross- and transdisciplinary insights and to recovering synergies in the field of human rights research at the local level. Additionally, young researchers are invited to attend the plenary sessions of the Academy and to participate actively in the thematic workshops.
More information is available in the section "Important documents" below.
The International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels under the auspices of UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security in Graz, Austria, together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) organize in 2021 the first edition of a regular Academy and Conference.
The 2021 Academy “Human Rights Go Local: What Works” is dedicated to field-proven human rights research methods and their relevance and application for evidence-based policy making on the local level. Human rights experts and practitioners, academia, policy makers, public administrators, civil society, and international and regional organizations will gather in order to exchange knowledge and establish co-operations in a global network of stakeholders.
The Academy will collect proven methods for research on human rights at local and regional levels and formulate guidance for local governments on how their policies can be supported by evidence based on human rights research. It will facilitate the implementation of human rights by directly providing local level politicians and authorities with the findings and proposals made by the participants.
"Human Rights Go Local: What Works" aims to support inclusive social development by mobilizing knowledge on how to base policy-making at the local level on scientific evidence through tailored human rights research. The event allows for building bridges between all governance levels, disciplines and regions and for moderating exchange among human rights researchers, local level authorities and policy makers in all regions.
Please find the programme and concept note in the section "Important Documents" below.
The Conference will support local level authorities with condensed knowledge on the state of the art in human rights research and assist them with concrete proposals on how to implement the international agenda locally following a human rights-based approach.
- NEW: PDF: Preliminary programme Academy (version: 21 January 2021 – please check back regularly for updates to the programme)
- NEW: PDF: Preliminary programme Conference (version: 21 January 2021 – please check back regularly for updates to the programme)
- PDF: Concept note (barrier free, text-only version here)
- PDF: Young Researcher’s Day (barrier free, text-only version here)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Both the Academy and the Conference take place online using the conferencing system BigBlueButton. The event will be held in English without translation.
The Academy and Conference are free to attend.
The Academy and Conference will take place over five days but only take between 2-4 hours each day. Online sessions will take place around noon CET to ensure participation across time zones. The event schedule is envisioned as follows:
Monday, 1 February: Young Researcher’s Day, 12:00-15:50 CET
Tuesday, 2 February: Academy, 12:00-16:00 CET
Wednesday 3 February: Academy, 12:00-16:00 CET
Thursday, 4 February: Academy, 12:00-16:00 CET
Monday, 8 February: Academy, 12:00-16:00 CET
Tuesday, 9 February: Conference, 16:00-18:00 CET
The full programme will be posted here in due time.
Young researchers (postgraduates, PhD candidates, early post-doc) are invited to submit their research projects for the Young Researcher’s Day, which will be held separately on the first day of the event (1 February 2020). On this day, participants may present their own research, will receive feedback, and can engage with experts and peers participating in the Academy and Conference. Young researchers are further invited to attend the plenary sessions of the Academy and to actively participate in the thematic workshops.
More information on the application process and content of the research projects can be found in this document.
The Academy takes place over four days. On these days, 4 topics are introduced by brief inputs. These are followed by intense, interactive experts exchange. One day is exclusively dedicated next generation researchers (Young Researchers Day).
You can find the preliminary programme here (version: 21 January 2021).
The preliminary programme is available here (version: 21 January 2021 – please check back regularly for updates to the programme)
Active participation in the Academy is crucial. The Academy must be understood as one overall workshop that that together different perspectives on the topics and creates meaningful outcomes. Therefore, participation in all strands and formats is preferred.
This depends on whether you are registered and on capacities. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Academy will be held on an open source conferencing software called BigBlueButton. The International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels hosts the programme on its own, secure and encrypted server. Users do not have to download anything and can simply participate via their browsers.
To attend our online events, we recommend the following:
- good, stable Internet connection (no mobile networks)
- Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge (Opera is not supported by BigBlueButton!)
- Headphones and microphone
- A quiet location from where you can take part
Participants will receive a detailed user guide via email.
No, the Academy will not be recorded. We want to ensure the workshops and sessions are a safe space and encourage all participants to contribute freely.
The Conference “Human Rights Go Local” is a high level gathering. Its purposes are to inform high level representatives about the outcomes of the Academy; to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Graz being a Human Rights City; and to officially inaugurate the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels.
The draft programme can be found here (version 21 January 2021)
Online participation is open to everyone.
Yes. All registered participants of the Academy are automatically registered to attend the Conference. More information will be sent out in due time.
Yes. All registered Young Reearchers are automatically registered to attend the Conference. More information will be sent out in due time.