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Introduction to the African human rights system

This Centre for Human Rights MOOC provides a basic understanding of the functioning of the African regional human rights system and its relevance to the realisation of human rights in Africa.

This MOOC provides participants with a solid introduction to the regional protection of human rights within the institutional framework of the African Union and its monitoring system. Different themes relating to implementation, refugees, women, LGBTI and access to information are further explored.

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Course Outline

The programme of the MOOC is divided in three modules.

  • Module 1introduces the African regional human rights system. With human rights featuring in national constitutions and international protection through the United Nations why do we need regional protection? Who are the stakeholders in the system?
  • Module 2 explores in more detail four bodies involved in the promotion and protection of human rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Peer Review Mechanism.
  • Module 3 first discusses implementation, that is what happens at the national level after a decision has been adopted by one of the monitoring bodies discussed in module 2. The module further discusses the work of the African Union in relation to four thematic areas: Migration, women’s rights, the rights of LGBTI persons, access to information, and business and human rights.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course participants should have a basic understanding of the functioning of the African regional human rights system and its relevance to the realisation of human rights in Africa.

Certificate of Particpation

In order to obtain a certificate, learners must complete the two surveys, participate in the three discussion forums and complete the three quizzes by obtaining a score of 4 out of 5 for each quiz.

Certificates will only be emailed after the course has concluded and after grades have been verified. Since we have many learners in the course, this may take up to two weeks after the course ended to complete.

Lecturers and Experts

Reflecting the international spirit and multidisciplinary approach of the Centre, the course is taught by academics and experts drawn from a vast network of African scholars, representing most regions of the African continent. This enables participants to benefit from rich and varied competencies, experiences and knowledge. This MOOC has been developed under the auspices of the Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) and the Advanced Human Rights Courses (AHRC). Both these programmes are coordinated by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biographies

Prof Magnus Killander
(Course Coordinator)
Prof Magnus Killander is a professor of human rights law and the academic ccordinator of the LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa programme at the Centre for Human Rights.


Prof Frans Viljoen
Prof Frans Viljoen is a professor of international human rights law and the Director of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

 

Clement Mavungu
Clement Mavungu is the Legal Counsel at the Pan-African Parliament (PAP).

 

Dr Solomon Dersso
Dr Solomon Dersso is the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

 

Dr Japeth Biegon
Dr Japeth Biegon is the Africa Regional Advocacy Director of Amnesty International.

 

Dr Nkatha Murungi
Dr Nkatha Murungi is the Assistant Director of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

 

Dr Ashwanee Budoo
Dr Ashwanee Budoo is the Programme Manager of the LLM/MPhil (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa) at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

 

Kennedy Kariseb
Kennedy Kariseb is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

 

Michael Nyarko
Michael Nyarko is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

 

Dr Niyi Abe
Dr Niyi Abe is the former Programme Manager of the LLM (International trade and Investment Law in Africa) at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

 

Prof Benyam Mezmur
Prof Benyam Mezmur is a Member of the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

 

Foluso Adegalu
Foluso Adegalu is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

 

Henrietta Ekefre
Henrietta Ekefre is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

 

Dr Romola Adeola
Dr Romola Adeola is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

 

Geoffrey Ogwaro
Geoffrey Ogwaro is a Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) Activist and Co-Founder, West Nile Rainbow Initiative, Uganda.

 

Hlengiwe Dube
Hlengiwe Dube is a Project Coordinator of the Democracy, Transparency and Digital Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

 

Chairman Okoloise
Chairman Okoloise is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

 

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