Workshop Program

Workshop participants learn how to properly identify violations of human rights and develop an understanding of legal terminology. The workshop focuses on a specific number of rights rather than simply telling the human rights story of revolutions, proclamations etc. This intense course will be interactive and participatory.

There will be space for discussion and practical exercises aimed at demonstrating understanding of the issues covered during the week, as well as space to analyse the work of peers and evaluate the effectiveness of current reporting on human rights issues.

This is NOT an exhaustive course in International Law or Human Rights; it IS an opportunity to properly identify violations of human rights, develop an understanding of legal terminology and above all to think critically and creatively about the problems, possibilities and opportunities that exist in effective reporting of human rights issues.

Topics covered include…

Day One – International Law & Human Rights 101

Explore notions of ‘human rights’; strengthen the understanding of why they’re important. Discuss possibilities and contributions made by visual journalism and media reporting. Identify key international instruments of human rights law, the role of the United Nations (UN) and other human rights bodies and their relationship to domestic, regional and international laws. Understand the vocabulary of human rights and international law (treaties, jurisdiction, responsibility, obligations, enforcement, etc.).

Discuss the impact and limitations of Human Rights focused journalism. Understand the relationship between the visual and the evidential. Explore the function of visual evidence and images as proof, fact, or evidence.

Day Two – Ethics, Informed Consent & Rights-Based Approaches to Reporting (morning)

Attempt to untangle the conflict between the values of immediacy, right to know, truth, accuracy and transparency in reporting. Develop an understanding of the concept of rights-based reporting, informed consent, and the submission of media as evidence in law. Explore the need for transparency and rights- based approaches to reporting and looking at the extent that existing media ethics is suitable for today’s and tomorrow’s news media comprised of amateurs and professional journalists. Explore concepts of transparency, cognition and solutions journalism.

Day Two – Reporting on Children* / Indigenous Peoples Rights* (afternoon)

Understanding the Human Rights mechanisms for protecting children. Understand legal protections against practices such as FGM/C, and the legal protections against the use of child soldiers, child trafficking, child labour/slavery and the sexual exploitation of children.

May be interchanged with indigenous Peoples Rights looking at Rights, Identity, the right to self-determination and the concept of free, prior and informed consent. Exploring the international and regional frameworks that support indigenous rights.

Day Three – Forced displacement, Mixed migration and Statelessness

Understand the concepts of Refugee Status, Forced and Mixed Migration, Citizenship and Statelessness. Understand the rights of refugees, migrants and the obligations of States; the function, mandate and role of UNHCR; understand concept of non-refoulement, State responsibilities, asylum and protection.

Day Four – Reporting on Gender and Gender Based Violence

Look at gendered dimensions of journalism focusing on laws that are meant to protect against Discrimination, Violence Against Women (VAW) and Sexual and Gendered Based Violence (SGBV). Develop an understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity, think critically about how the human rights system engages with the reality of discrimination against women and LGBTQI communities.

Day Five – International Humanitarian Law / Laws of War

Understand the relationship between Human Rights and armed conflict. Develop an understanding of Human Rights and their application during times of war/conflict; the use of prohibited/restricted weapons; the treatment of combatants and non-combatants. Understand the Geneva Conventions, Humanitarian Law and concepts of distinction and proportionality. Explore and understand the links between gender violence and war/armed conflict.

Each day concludes with a *Professional Practice session where we analyse the work of peers and evaluate the effectiveness of current reporting on human rights issues. Guest speakers and invitees from the fields of Legal, UN/NGO and Journalism will contribute specialist knowledge and experience to that day’s course topic.

The Professional Practice session is an opportunity for discussion and creative thinking on the challenges of reporting and presenting human rights issues. No prior legal knowledge or education is required for attendance on this workshop.

A comprehensive list of readings (some of which will need to be completed before start of each day), course notes, references and links to resources will be provided to participants in advance of the course.

The course can also run on demand, with a minimum of 5 participants at a location of suiting participants. We are keen to expand the training to Latin America, MENA, the African continent and Asia by late 2017.

All workshop participants gain access to resources in the secure ‘Resources’ section of

Current Workshops…

Below are our current scheduled Workshop events.

19th November 2018


Arnolfini (BS1 4QA)
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3rd December 2018


Frontline Club (W12 1QJ)
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