MOOC on Children Deprived of Liberty: Learning from the UN Global Study

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November 18, 2019 to January 19, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Childhood and Education, Human Rights, Research and Methodology, Health and Health Care, Immigration & Migration History / Studies

Despite the fact that the Convention on the Rights of the Child affirms that, in principle, children should not be detained and deprivation of liberty should be a measure of last resort, millions of children in the world are locked away. 
To address this problem, the United Nations appointed Manfred Nowak as Independent Expert to lead the Global Study on children deprived of liberty. 
This unique Global Campus of Human Rights MOOC stems from this study and provides insights, learning and recommendations in this important area at the crossroad of children, violence, and human rights studies.

•    Module 1: general framework of the Study (legal standards, guiding principles, definitions, objectives and methodology)
•    Module 2: cross-cutting themes such as deprivation of liberty, children’s participation, disability, gender and health. 
•    Module 3: the six focus areas of the Study: administration of justice, children living in places of detention with their primary caregivers, migration-related detention, children deprived of liberty in institutions, in armed conflict and for national security reasons.
•    Module 4: ‘behind the scenes’ of the making of the UN Global Study, including challenges, opportunities, recommendations and the way forward.

The MOOC is taught by, among others: 

  • Manfred Nowak, Secretary General of the Global Campus of Human Rights; 
  • Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch; 
  • Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on Persons with Disabilities; 
  • Ursula Kilkelly, University College Cork; 
  • Vitit Muntarbhorn, Chulalongkorn University; 
  • Marta Santos Pais, former SRSG on Violence against Children; 
  • Ann Skelton, Chair of the UN Global Study Advisory Board and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child/University of Pretoria. 
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The MOOC is free and open to participants (students, practitioners, social workers…) from all over the world who are actively interested and engaged in children’s rights work and wish to deepen their knowledge about the protection of children deprived of liberty.

The course is offered on OpenEdX, the open source platform of EdX which is one of the leading providers of open online learning. With a user-friendly and innovative interface, our course offers an interactive and engaging learning experience without geographical limitations, allowing participants to enjoy being part of a truly global network of experts and committed human rights defenders.

Course dates:18 November 2019 – 19 January 2020.

Free enrolment until 31 December 2019!