Please note: applications for 2018 are now closed. If you would like to express interest in attending the course in future terms, please do so in an email to This course is open to law students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) and students at the Blavatnik School of Government

The Bonavero Institute of Human RightsOxfam and the Oxford Human Rights Hub will be offering a non-credit course in developing strategies for the protection and promotion of human rights in Michaelmas Term 2017 and Hilary Term 2018.  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 law students in the Faculty of Law and students at the Blavatnik School of Government.  A limited number of places is available.

The seminars will cover the following topics:

  • Litigating the right to education
  • The challenges facing undocumented refugee children in the UK
  • Death penalty and lethal injection
  • Business and Human Rights: Tort liability of large corporations
  • Climate Change and Environmental litigation 

Each seminar will be led by a leading lawyer or human rights policy practitioner. 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. Seminars will be held on Tuesday evenings each term in weeks 2, 5 and 7 in Michaelmas Term and weeks 3, 5 and 7 in Trinity Term from 6.15pm – 8.15pm. There will be no formal mode of assessment but students who are admitted to the course will be expected to attend every seminar.