Human Rights Go Local: What Works

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 from 1 – 9 February 2021.

Applications are open until 9 December 2020.

More information about the 2021 Academy and Conference

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.

Correspondingly, the closing 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.

"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 concept note and the full call for applications in the section "Important Documents" below.

> Please apply using exclusively the form at the bottom of this page.

More information for young researchers

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.

We encourage critical contributions from all disciplines, either with a practical or theoretical focus, on human rights (research) at the local level and which are related, but not limited, to one of the following themes:

  • Human rights data collection at the local level
  • Human rights indicators and measuring human rights at the local level
  • Human rights research methods at the local level
  • Best practices human rights research at the local level

> Please note that the application procedure for young researchers differs from the regular application process. Young researchers should exclusively apply in the following manner:

Submissions of maximum 300 words describing your presentation should be sent together with a short bio no later than 30 November 2020 to academy2021@humanrightsgolocal.org. The subject line should read “Application Young Researchers Day”. Decisions of acceptance will be notified by 14 December 2020. Draft contributions shall be submitted by 15 January 2021.

Please find the complete call for submissions in the section "Important documents" below.

Important documents

Application form: Academy and Conference

We follow a blind selection procedure. In the first round of applications, selections are based on quality of abstract, experience of the applicant, usability of proposed contribution for the event’s objectives and the outcome document, policy relevance, and geographical balance. Please do not enter any identifying data into the form!

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For any questions about the Academy and Conference, please email academy2021@humanrightsgolocal.org