4th Intl. Winter Course: Human Rights & Asia 2017 (inc. Business & Human Rights)

9–20 January | Seoul

The International Winter Course ‘Human Rights and Asia’ is designed to allow participants to think about the universality of human rights in particular contexts of Asia and to gain a deepened understanding about human rights issues in this region. This two-week intensive course, taught by experts who have extensive experience of working in the fields of human rights, was launched in 2014 and now is waiting for its fourth year’s participants. It offers both general sessions on international human rights norms and human rights protection mechanisms, and thematic sessions on contemporary issues and case studies in Asia.
The 4th International Winer Course ‘Human Rights and Asia 2017’ will provide a unique opportunity to discuss human rights and various contemporary themes such as freedom of expression and democracy, gender/sexuality, enforced disappearance, socio-economic rights, sustainable development, refugees and migrants, and business in the context of Asia. Participants will be involved in a multidimensional learning that includes not only lectures, but also presentations, discussions and visits to human rights organizations in Korea. Our course ultimately aims at fostering an interdisciplinary study and multidimensional advocacy of human rights in Asia.
Information on courses of previous years can be found on http://hrc.snu.ac.kr/en/courses/asia.


Week 1 Mon (9 Jan) Tue (10 Jan) Wed (11 Jan) Thu (12 Jan) Fri (13 Jan)

Self-introduction of Participants
Opening Remarks

(In Sup HAN)
Course Introduction
(Joo-Young LEE)

Introduction to Contemporary Human Rights Theory
(Jiewuh SONG)

Freedom of Expression and Democracy

Gender and Human Rights
(Heisoo SHIN)

Enforced Disappearance and Human Rights
(Tae-Ung BAIK


International Human Rights Norms and Processes
(Buhm-Suk BAEK)

Conditions for Achieving Human Rights
(Hyo-Je CHO)

Using UN Human Rights Mechanisms
 (Younkyo AHN)
followed by
Group Work

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Business and Human Rights
(Surya DEVA) 


Week 2 Mon (16 Jan) Tue (17 Jan) Wed (18 Jan) Thu (19 Jan) Fri (20 Jan)

Implementation of Socio-economic Rights
(Joo-Young LEE)

Rights of Refugees and Migrants
(Pillkyu HWANG)

Visits to Governmental and Non-governmental Human Rights Organizations in Korea

Group Presentation and General Discussion:Addressing Human Rights Issues in Asia through UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Presentation of Individual Research/ Advocacy Plan

Sharing Views about the Course
Closing Remarks,
Award of Certificate

(In Sup HAN)


Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights
(Seonghoon Anselmo LEE)


Group Discussion on Individual Research/ Advocacy Plan

 Farewell Reception

* Program is subject to change.
Follow the link below for application guidelines.