Human Rights – UN Mechanisms for the Protection of Human Rights

LocationRegent Street, Central London

Are you a human rights professional? Interested in becoming one? Or do you work with marginalised or vulnerable people? If so, are you interested in learning how United Nations (UN) human rights may benefit your work?

This three-day intensive course provides a practical, work-based introduction to how UN human rights may be used successfully in a domestic setting.

This human rights course provides:

  • a stimulating learning environment that involves collaboration with other delegates and course leaders, particularly through practical real-life examples
  • an opportunity to learn from experts who have successfully used UN human rights
  • an interactive mix of theory and mock scenarios designed to simulate real-life use of UN human rights

Who should attend

This course is for you if:

  • you are looking to strengthen existing human rights approaches by using UN mechanisms or if you are interested in developing an approach to work based on human rights
  • if you work for a NGO or civil society organisation, or are a legal professional or a postgraduate student

Course content

The course covers the following topics:

Mapping UN Human Rights

  • Introduces the UN human rights system and explores the relevance of UN human rights in a domestic setting.
  • Discuss with UN human rights experts the importance of UN human rights at the domestic level.
  • Consider, through a networking event, how UN human rights may be used to enhance your work.

UN Human Rights Treaty System

  • Focuses on how the UN human rights treaty system works in practice and the skills and strategies needed for the effective use of the treaties and associated institutions and mechanisms.
  • Be guided by experts on how to use the UN human rights treaty system in your work through real-life scenarios and expert testimony.

UN Human Rights Charter System

  • Builds on the treaty system by developing the skills and strategies required for effective use of the UN human rights charter system through interactive discussion and group work with experts. 
  • Learn how to frame your issue, identify relevant law and standards and how best to access the relevant institution and mechanism.


You can get the course for a discounted rate for:

  • early bookings (valid until 5 July 2016)
  • University of Westminster alumni
  • organisations or companies registering two or more delegates

You can use only one discount per booking, and cannot use a discount together with any other offer.

  • Unlike most courses that employ ‘traditional’ learning and teaching methods, we are collaborative, interactive and skills-focused.
  • We integrate the political and institutional facets of human rights promotion and protection – not merely what the law says – and so draw on real-life experience.
  • We draw on the expertise of staff members and experts in the field of human rights.
  • Successful completion of the course leads to a certificate of attendance, CPD points with the Law Society and CPD Certification Service.
  • Practice: understand how UN human rights can be used in practice.
  • Knowledge: awareness of the UN system for the protection of human rights.
  • Skills: build skills and strategies for the effective use of UN human rights in a domestic setting.

This course will be delivered by Dr Emma McClean and Dr Paresh Kathrani together with:

  • Heather Collister from the International Service for Human Rights, a Geneva-based non-governmental organisation that is at the forefront of UN human rights training and expertise
  • Brenda Campbell, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers, London, who has extensive experience of international human rights law and is an accredited UN human rights trainer
  • Joanna Whiteman from the Equal Rights Trust

Contact us​

Short Courses Support Team

E: [email protected]

T: +44 (0)20 350 69900