Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP)
Venue: Auditorium room, Proshika, HRDC, Koetta, Manikganj
Date: 11-23 December 2012
Figure 1 Group photo of the participants with the resource persons, resident instructors and volunteers of 13th HRSS (2012) 1.Prelude to the Human Rights Summer School:
It has been proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1984 that every human being and every organ of the society must struggle to promote respect for, and recognition and observance of human rights by progressive teaching and education, and the Declaration spirit was founded the Human Rights Summer School (HRSS) in the year 2000, which continues its journey onwards with its thirteenth session to be held this year (2012). Triggered by the accomplishments of the previous years, the Human Rights Summer School envisions an even greater goal of achievements with the active participation of students and trainers. The practical aspect of the implementation and enforcement of the fundamental human rights and freedoms involves exclusively persons belonging to the legal arena, the faculties of law being its nursery. As a matter of fact, it is the students of law that are the potential sentinels of human rights. They are the persons supposed to be fighting the battle against tyranny and exploitation, mobilizing the mass people to voice their rights. Therefore, the need of equipping them with the necessary orientation, motivation and training in the light of international human rights standards, domestic legal framework, and prevailing human rights situation can hardly be over-emphasized. But the present curricula of the faculties of law in the various universities are admittedly inadequate in this respect, giving rise to the necessity of introducing some other alternative and parallel method for educating and training the students with a view to developing their better understanding, research capability and skills of advocacy in relation to the implementation of the principles of human rights. The Human Rights Summer School, an internationally recognized model, is devised to meet such necessity in our country.
2.Objectives of HRSS:
What the summer school focuses at is in general, the development of advocacy sills among the law students so that they can, during their academic life as well as in the professional career, contribute to the securing of the fundamental human rights of the ordinary people. The object of the school may, in other words, be described as to transforming the providing the students with a scope to supplement their training on issues relating exclusively to the fundamental human rights and freedoms. 3.Participants and Instructors:
The trainees are a group of 48 students coming from the Law faculties of different Universities from home and abroad. The participants are selected by the HRSS Admission Committee. The instructors are chosen from among the teachers of the various Law Faculties from home and abroad, leading human rights activists belonging to reputed organizations, and leading human rights lawyers of the Bar, to the extent that their expertise is essential to meet the objectives of the School. Besides, there is a staff of supervisors and co-coordinators who constantly work for smooth operation and functioning of the Summer School. 4.Special Features of HRSS
•A two-week intensive residential training workshop on human rights and advocacy skills. •Special emphasis on development
•International teaching faculty
•Conducted by interactive method
•Followed by Community Law Reform program by student-researches selected from among the school-participants •Training on trial advocacy through moot court
•Specially designed for law students
•Encourage lawyering with the poor for justice
5.Theme of theme year:
This year the 13th HRSS has been conducted on the theme of ‘Human Rights and Critically...