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The Bonavero Institute seeks to enrich the human rights experience of Oxford students, and to assist them to develop careers in the broad field of human rights. Several programmes have been developed to pursue this goal: a Human Rights Strategy Non-credit Course for law students and students at the Blavatnik School of Government (in partnership with Oxfam and Oxford Human Rights Hub), and a human rights research training programme on the Use of Force, in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria.

Hilary Term 2019: Gender and Women's Rights


The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Oxfam and the Oxford Human Rights Hub will be offering a non-credit course in developing strategies for the protection and promotion of human rights with a focus on “Women’s Rights and the Me Too Movement” in Hilary Term 2019. The object of the course is to introduce students to strategic analysis relating to human rights and to promote academic scholarship in the field of human rights informed by current practical human rights problems.

The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Law, students  of the  Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and graduate students with a previous law degree from other Faculties of Oxford University. A limited number of places (15) is available.

The course consists of three sessions from 4 to 6.30pm on Mondays of Weeks 3, 5 and 7 of HT 2019, which will cover the following topics:

  • An Introduction to Women’s Rights, CEDAW and the “Me Too”-Movement;
  • Addressing Cases of Sexual Harassment in various legal fields; and
  • Developing Policies to Prevent Gender Discrimination and Conducting Inquiries into Sexual Harassment.

Each seminar will be led by two leading lawyers or human rights policy practitioners. Seminars will involve presentations on specific strategic responses to human rights problems that have been implemented, as well as small group sessions to discuss and develop other strategic responses.

There will be no formal mode of assessment but students who are admitted to the course will be expected to attend every seminar. You will be provided with a certificate to confirm your participation in the programme.

Profile of participants

  • Graduate and undergraduate law students; Master of Public Policy students at the Blavatnik School of Government, graduate students from other Faculties with a previous law degree or demonstrated experience in human rights.
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights.
  • Availability: Participants must commit to attending all three sessions which will take place on 28 January, 11 and 25 February, 4 to 6.30pm, in the Gilly Leventis Meeting Room at the Bonavero Institute. It will also be expected that students have read any preparatory reading material sent out in advance.


Please send a letter setting out why you would like to participate in this programme, together with a CV to BonaveroIHR@law.ox.ac.uk

Applications close on Tuesday, 22 January 2018, at 12 noon. You will be notified by Friday, 25 January, as to whether you have been accepted.