This International Law and Human Rights program is taught in English and run by AIM Overseas’ partner in the beautiful Czech town of Brno, at Masaryk university. Home to the Czech Supreme Administrative Court, Constitutional Court and Supreme Prosecutor’s Office, Brno is ideally located at the cross-roads of Europe: Vienna, Prague and Budapest, along with many other destinations that are just a few hours away. The course takes full advantage of Brno’s location and involves a great mix of lectures, sites visits and field-trips making for a very dynamic program.
You will attend over 36 hours of classes on a range of subjects including European Union Law, Human Rights and Constitutional Law, as well as visit places such as the Ombudsman’s office and the Constitutional Court in Brno. You will also go on fantastic overnight trips to the Czech Capital, Prague, as well as to Budapest in Hungary and Vienna in Austria to visit the United Nations office.
The Human Rights and International Law course program will give students a European perspective on various topics in international law and human rights. The course contains academic classes around these themes, as well as field trips to a number of relevant legal and political institutions.
There will be at least 36 hours of academic classes and seminars across the 3 weeks of the course, covering topics such as :
- Human Rights and their protection
- Human Dignity
- Constitutional Courts and their roles in protecting Human Rights
- Equality and Discrimination
- Social Rights
- Human Rights and Terrorism
- Right to life
- Freedom of Expression
- Hate Speech
Masaryk University, founded in 1919, is located in Brno and is the second-largest public university in the Czech Republic. The university comprises nine faculties with over 200 departments, institutes and clinics.
Brno is a lovely typical Central European student town with over a hundred historical sites and great places to have dinner and drinks. It located very conveniently and very close to Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava.
The course’s instructors come from Masaryk University’s various law departments. Students will also learn in-situ from law and human rights professionals during site visits and seminars.
Pavel Molek is a lecturer at the Law Faculty of Masaryk University (since 2007) and a visiting teacher at Universidade Católica, Lisbon. He is specialised in Human Rights and used to work as a part-time legal clerk at the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic (between 2003 and 2013). He has recently been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic.
Katerina Uhlirova is a Lecturer in International Public Law at the Law Faculty of Masaryk University (since 2007). She specialises in international criminal law, humanitarian law and human rights. She publishes in these fields both in the Czech Republic and abroad (UK, USA, Australia, India, Greece and Netherlands). She interned as a Law Clerk for the Office of the President, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague (Netherlands) and she also interned as a Law Clerk for the panel of international judges, War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo). Additionally, she is a Coordinator of the Czech team and Reporter for Czech Republic in the ‘International Law in Domestic Courts Project’ (Amsterdam Centre for International Law/Oxford University Press, online database “Oxford Reports on International Law”).
Ladislav Vyhnanek is a lecturer at the Law Faculty of Masaryk University (since 2008) and a law clerk at the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. His research interests are in Human Rights and Constitutional Review (esp. prohibition of torture, proportionality, balancing, judicial enforcement of social rights, problems of constitutional adjudication), although he occasionally publishes in other areas (for example presidential powers in the Commentary on the Czech Constitution) and considers law his hobby.
There will be approximately 12 hours of sites visits and on-site seminars/discussions as part of the program. It will include visits such as:
- The Czech Republic Ombudsman’s office
- The Constitutional Court
- The Supreme Administrative Court
- The United Nations
- The Open Society Justice Initative
Cultural Activities & Field Trips
The course includes a number of cultural activities, both inside and outside of Brno, designed to give participants an appreciation for Czech culture and attitudes, and the regional context within which the country interacts. The course will also include exciting field trips both within Brno and externally to Prague, Budapest and Vienna. These field trips are included in your fees and present an opportunity to see more of Europe whilst furthering your academic knowledge.
(TBC) You will experience the life of a typical Masaryk University student, living in a student residence complex in Brno. You’ll be staying in a double room and share bathroom facilities with other AIM Overseas participants. Wired internet is available.
Hear the experiences of other students on this program
“By the time Tuesday rolled around, excitement was high for a majority of the group as on our first night a couple of us had briefly mentioned that we would love to go skiing/snowboarding. By result, Martin and his team thoughtfully organised for whomever was interested to head to the outskirts of Brno to spend the afternoon at the snow. I, personally decided to attempt snowboarding with 3 others and after failing miserably just trying to get to the top of the hill, an instructor on his day off kindly offered to spend a few hours with us teaching us the basics. (I’m pretty sure that with our clumsiness and attempts to snowboard in jeans, he was forced to take pity on us).”
- Caitlin, Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Criminology. READ MORE
The Czech Republic, located in Central Europe, is a very cultural country acknowledged by its decorative castles, native beers and long history. Since the fall of communism in 1989 and the opening of central and eastern Europe, the Czech Republic and its capital Prague have evolved into one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. The country is filled with spiritual and historical towns, castles and chateaux, intangible heritage, museums and architecture. During summer there are many opportunities for activities like hiking and cycling as well as discovering the natural heritage of the country. In the winter, the snow provides beautiful scenery as well as chances for skiing and other snow fun.
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic by population, located in the south east of the country. The populated city holds tens of thousands of students, which ensures lively cafes, and a vibrant club scene that easily rivals Prague’s. Brno is home to great museums, excellent microbreweries and one of the country’s best restaurants called Koishi. Which entails a mix of Czech dishes with an Asian twist in the form of sushi. Brno has great food and drink and is well known to be quite cheap, which is perfect for the student life. A locally brewed beer such as ‘Dalesicke’ is literally cheaper than water. Brno was one of the leading centres of experimental architecture in the early 20th century.
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
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