The Venice Academy of Human Rights

Deadline: 15 May, 2015
Open to: MA/PhD holders / currently enrolled at postgraduate degree program in human rights, international law, political science, international relations, philosophy, sociology or related subjects OR with one year experience in organizations in this field
Venue: Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice – Lido, Italy from 6 July to 15 July, 2015

About The Venice Academy of Human Rights

The Venice Academy of Human Rights for this year will focus on the theme of: (Dis)Integration through Human Rights: Citizens, Courts, Communities. It will take place at the Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice – Lido, Italy from Monday, 6 July to Wednesday, 15 July 2015.

Human Rights often form the basis for integration processes into various communities, be they national, regional or international. In this context, human and fundamental rights are hailed as shared values and foundations of communal convergence. Yet other voices highlight the homogenising, civilising and excluding effects of these integration processes.

The Venice Academy of Human Rights 2015 will look at international, regional and transnational integration processes from an institutional, policy, dogmatic and interdisciplinary perspective. The discussion addresses communities of various actors, including citizens, peoples, minorities, but also communities of international and regional organisations, courts and private bodies. How become communities imaginable and how are they constructed? What role do fundamental and human rights play in building and consolidating these communities? How do courts and judicial bodies forge communities and integration processes? What happens to differences and diverse identities? And what are the darker sides of these processes for those on the periphery or outside the community? These are but some of the questions that the Venice Academy of Human Rights will raise and discuss.

Courses during the first week will focus on topics of multiculturalism, minorities and courts. The second week focuses on the European integration project.


The Academy is an intensive programme of high standard and applicants should be confident that they are academically and linguistically prepared. All courses will be taught in English. It is, therefore, indispensable that all participants understand and speak English without any difficulty.

Participants must:

  • hold a LLM/MA or PhD/JSD or be currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme in human rights, international law, political science, international relations, philosophy, sociology or related subjects; OR
  • have work experience of at least one year in one of these fields in an international or non-governmental organisation; OR
  • work on human rights issues for a government authority or in academia.


The participation fee is 600 EUR. The fee includes enrollment, lunch during the week (Monday-Friday), use of the facilities at EIUC (including wireless access) and social events. The registration fee does not include accommodation. The Venice Academy of Human Rights does not offer scholarships or waivers of the participations fee.

All participants must ensure sufficient funds to support themselves during the programme. The Academy is happy to provide support letters to employers and grant institutions.


The Academy offers a limited number of rooms in student residencies and hostels that can be booked through the Academy. Prices range from 450 EUR for a room shared with another participant to 780 EUR for a single room for 11 nights. Detailed information will be sent to all admitted participants. Participants, who wish to book a room in one of the student residencies or hostels, need to pay the full accommodation cost together with the participation fee.

More information on fees and accommodation

How to Apply?

Only applications submitted with the provided form below and received until 15 May 2015 will be accepted. The entire application, including the motivation and the CV, has to be submitted in English. Please also include a non-certified English translation of the required proofs, if the original certificates were not issued in English, French, Spanish or Italian.

The application form is available online HERE.

Venice Academy Contact Form

For more information please visit the official webpage.

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