2024. April 22., Monday


Summer School "The European System of Human Rights Protection - ECHR"

The summer school will be held in Frakfurt (Oder), Germany, from July 1 to 12, 2024. Applications are accepted until April 15, 2024.


This Summer School will deal in detail specifically with the European system for the protection of human rights. Although there are numerous summer schools and other special study programs within Europe on the human rights protection, this school concentrates on an integrated treatment of the various European systems and of specifically European issues of human rights protection, that is, with important matters relevant to over forty European countries with diverse political, economic and social systems.

The subject matter, therefore, includes human rights protection under the regimes of the Council of Europe (the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charta), the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (Helsinki Accords), as well as that on the universal level of public international law.

The treatment of these substantive regimes and their specific rights catalogues will be set against the background of a consideration of the philosophical, historical, political, economic and sociological aspects of human rights, and include practical institutional matters such as complaint procedures as well as developments as in the area of ‘New Rights’.

This comprehensive school has been organized by and will be presented by a dedicated group of experienced and expert teachers from universities in different European countries, co-ordinated by the Viadrina European University Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany).


Overview of regimes and institutions

Prof Dr Hans-Joachim Heintze, Bochum

Individual complaint procedure

Dr Márton Sulyok, Szeged

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and Europe

Prof Dr Pablo Pareja Alcaraz, Barcelona

Right to life

Prof JUDr PhDr Veronika Bilkova, Prague

Prohibition of discrimination

Prof Gerard C. Rowe, Frankfurt (Oder)

Freedom of expression

Dr Agata Fijalkowski, Leeds

Freedom of religion

Dr Aleksander Gadkowski, Poznan

Prohibition of slavery

Prof Ryszard Piotrowicz, Aberystwyth

Right to liberty and security

Mag. Andreas Sauermoser, Vienna

Prohibition of torture

Dr Dimitrios Kagiaros, Durham

Right to private and family life

Dr habil Anikó Szalai, Szeged

The right to fair trial in criminal cases

Prof Dr Paul Mevis, Rotterdam

Freedom of assembly and association

Prof Dr Jernej Letnar Černič, Kranj

Migration and refugees

Dr Ulrike Brandl, Salzburg

Self-determination and minorities

Prof Dr Carmen Thiele, Frankfurt (Oder)

Human Rights Protection in armed conflicts

Prof Natalia Szablewska, Milton Keynes

Who can participate

This school is specially designed for young academics and researchers, graduates or advanced students in order to provide students from all countries of both Western and Eastern Europe and other regions of the world with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of human rights law and policy within the transnational European context.

Participants are expected to attend the whole program.

Participating students should

  • have a good working knowledge of English;
  • be at an advanced stage of their studies and;
  • have at least a basic understanding of public international law.

Teaching Methods and Materials

Held in English, the summer school will combine lecture and discussion approaches. Lectures will have a maximum number of 60 participants, while discussion groups will be limited to 30 participants. Participants will be expected to be actively involved, including the reading of materials set in advance for each session.


Accommodation in modern students' apartments (containing either single or twin bedrooms, with own kitchen and bathroom) will be provided for each participant.


Lectures will take place in Germany, but accommodation is located in Słubice, Poland (across the Oder River from Frankfurt). Therefore, each participant may, depending on nationality, be required to hold multiple entry visa for both Germany and Poland.


A certificate of participation with 10 ECTS will be issued at the conclusion of the summer school.


The total fee is € 590. This charge includes full tuition costs, accommodation, and meals. Each participant must meet the cost of travel to and from Frankfurt (Oder). Further details can be obtained from the address below.

Application Procedure

Written applications should include:

  • the application form,
  • proof of competence in the English language.

All applications must be written in English.

Application Deadline

Applications should be received by 15th of April 2024 at the address below.

Contact Information



Please see the PDF version of the flyer for details here.

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