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CPG’s Online Academy 2022 on Human Rights

16 August 2022 from 10:00 - 26 August 2022 from 18:00

CPG’s Online Academy on Human Rights

August 16-26, 2022
Applications Now Open

About the Academy on Human Rights

CPG’s Academy on Human Rights is designed to give an in-depth understanding and critical assessment of human rights laws, institutions, advocacy, and scholarship. Contributions by internationally recognized scholars and practitioners provide a bridge between the theoretical and the practical dimensions, with an emphasis upon various aspects of field practice.

Methodology & Structure

The upcoming academy will be held as a two-week-long certificated online course comprising nine teaching days. Each teaching day offers around six hours of live plenary interactive lectures, workshops, debates, and break-out sessions.

Similar to an online class, the academy is articulated in distinct modules each of which explores different aspects of human rights:

  • Fundamentals of Human Rights,
  • International Human Rights Mechanisms,
  • Human Rights in the Marketplace,
  • Minorities and Human Rights,
  • National Human Rights Bodies,
  • Criminal Law, Security, & Human Rights, and
  • Human Rights in the Digital Age.

For each module, participants can expect to receive learning materials for independent study and research to undertake in their own time. This may involve viewing pre-recorded lectures, completing selected readings, and preparing the answers to set questions and case studies.

Furthermore, a session prior to the ‘official’ program will be organized to introduce the academy program and logistics and to provide participants an opportunity to get to know each other.

The academy will be delivered in English and held fully virtually.

In order to maintain high teaching standards and ensure genuine engagement and interaction, the academy has a maximum of 25 spaces.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course participants will:

  • Have an advanced knowledge of international legal and institutional frameworks for the protection and promotion of human rights,
  • Have the capacity to discuss specific areas and groups/cases of concern, as well as the contested universality of international human rights and its application in diverse domestic jurisdictions,
  • Be able to understand and critically examine the interrelationships between international, regional and domestic histories, philosophies, policies and practices of human rights law, and
  • Be able to analyze, interpret and assess the challenges posed to the implementation of international human rights obligations in the context of globalization and a geopolitical rebalancing of power.

Target audience

The academy is designed for participants (students, recent graduates, activists, working professionals, and ordinary citizens) in Southeast Asia and further afield who are actively interested in human rights work and wish to improve their knowledge and skills.

Anyone who is uncertain about whether the academy is suitable for their needs or their background should contact the organizer for advice: events@cpg-online.de.


The academy is based on a participatory approach aimed at developing and reinforcing personal critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. Thus, eligible for application is everyone who is committed to actively participating and brings the necessary proficiency in English, in addition to a genuine interest or professional background.

Furthermore, participants will need access to a laptop/computer and have a reliable internet connection.


To apply, please complete the application form. The completed form must be accompanied by:

  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV)/resumé,
  • a portrait photo (jpeg), and
  • a brief statement of approximately 250 words outlining your reasons for wishing to attend the academy and what you believe your contribution will be.

Completed applications and all administrative inquiries should be sent via email to events@cpg-online.de.


Application deadline

Applications are now open for the upcoming academy. The closing date is July 25, 2022. Applications which are incomplete at the respective deadline will not be considered.


Notification of the outcome of your application

Once your application has been considered, we will email you to inform you of the outcome seven days after the closing date, provided your application was complete at the time of submission.


Further course information

If you have been accepted for the academy, you will be sent confirmation of your enrolment on the course, together with a link to the “Joining Notes”. These provide detailed information about the respective program as well as how to prepare for the course.


Before you submit your application:

Please make sure that you have all the required supporting documents listed; and that you are familiar with the academy’s enrollment terms and conditions.

Teaching Team

Salim Bashir

Former President of the Malaysian Bar Council/ Salim Bashir Ruswiza & Co

Adam Bodnar

SWPS University in Warsaw, Poland

Mark Daly

Principal, Daly & Associates, Hong Kong SAR, China

Jacqueline Ann de Guia

Executive director of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Philippines

Suzanne Egan

Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin

Fiona McGaughey

University of Western Australia Law School

Daniel Mekonnen

Independent Consultant, International Human Rights Law and International Refugee LawAfrican Studies Centre Leiden

Frédéric Mégret

Faculty of Law, McGill University

Thomas Mueller

Acting Executive Director, ECPAT International

Lasse Schuldt

Faculty of Law, Thammasat University

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the academy accredited?

A: No, completion of the academy will not earn an academic accreditation.

Q: Will I be able to access my online course material after I complete the academy?

A: We strongly advise that all students download and save, or print any materials during the academy that they would like to keep. Access to the Google Drive folder will be withdrawn shortly after the academy is over.

Q: Is the academy assessed?

A: No. Successful completion of the academy is gauged by active participation in the academy’s activities.

Q: Will I be able to access online recordings after I complete the academy?

A: Participants should not expect to be able to access course content once the academy has concluded.

Q: What preparation will I need to do?

A: Participants will be given access to the academy’s Google Drive folder one week before their course commences. Here, participants will be able to access a range of readings and lectures for the respective academy’s core and optional modules.

Participants will be advised what to complete and when to ensure that they are properly prepared for, and able to fully participate in, the academy’s activities and live seminars.


All Academies are organized by the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (‘CPG’) in cooperation with the Asian Governance Foundation (AGF), and the Hanns-Seidel Foundation Thailand/Laos.

CPG is an academic institute and think tank attached to the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University in Bangkok. Built upon a cooperation between the German universities of Frankfurt and Münster, and the Thammasat University in Thailand, it is one of only five Centers of Excellence worldwide established since 2009 under the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government. CPG is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and receives administrative support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


For all enquiries, please contact:

German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)

Faculty of Law, Thammasat University

2 Phrachan Road

Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Email: events@cpg-online.de

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16 August 2022 from 10:00
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