Human Rights Events Around the World

Course 8S12: Health and Human Rights

May 16-June 23, 2012
Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) and the Human Rights Centre of the UN Mandated University for Peace are offering a 6-week online course on Health and Human Rights.
Tuition is $435.


World Bank Live: What the Bank’s Open Access Policy Means for Development – Liveblog & webcast

Monday, May 21, 2012
16:30 – 18:00 GMT/12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET or convert time

What is Open Access and why is the Bank’s new Open Access policy so significant for development?


Open Access & Open Knowledge RepositoryThe World Bank will be adopting an Open Access Policy as of July 1, which will make World Bank research freely available online without charge or restrictions, making a wealth of knowledge available to anyone in the world.  To underpin this new Open Access policy, the World Bank recently launched the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) as its new home for all of the Bank’s research outputs. In addition, to facilitate use of online content, the Bank became the first major international organization to adopt a set of copyright licenses from Creative Commons that will allow anyone to use, re-use, and distribute Bank research and knowledge products free of charge as long as the Bank is attributed.

What makes these moves so significant? How can open access contribute to the goal of eliminating poverty? How does it impact Bank’s researchers and authors? How will the OKR benefit users of Bank knowledge, in particular those in developing countries?

The panel, moderated by World Bank Publisher Carlos Rossel, will answer these questions and address the challenges, successes, pitfalls and benefits other institutions experienced when they made similar game-changing decisions.


Peter Suber | Director of the Harvard Open Access Project and a leading voice in the open access movement
Michael Carroll | American University law professor and founding board member of Creative Commons
Cyril Muller | Vice President for External Affairs at the World Bank
Adam Wagstaff | Research Manager of the World Bank’s Development Research Group.

Submit a question in advance and join the live conversation on Twitter with hashtags #wblive or #openaccess.


Columbia University Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy

Columbia’s CSER Launches Indigenous Studies Summer Program
The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) is launching the Indigenous Studies Summer Program (ISSP) at Columbia University this coming May 21, 2011.

A two-week intensive program aimed at researchers, professionals, practitioners, and advanced students; ISSP provides an overview and analysis of the major questions in indigenous affairs today, as they have emerged globally in the last decades. This is the first program of its kind in the history of Columbia University. Read ISSP press release here.

The program runs from May 21 through June 1, 2012. For a detailed description and application form, please see enclosed attachment. ISSP is now accepting applications through April 15, 2012. Click here for poster and application.