The Lucerne Academy for Human Rights Implementation is a worldwide unique 3-week program of coursework and hands-on learning for law students and legal practitioners held in the heart of Europe at the University of Lucerne Faculty of Law in Switzerland, in partnership with several distinguished international law schools. It will be offered for the 10th time this summer and will take place from 4-24 July 2018 at the University of Lucerne.

The Lucerne Academy is a summer school with a distinctly global relevance. Given the realities of human rights implementation, the focus of the program will be on the challenges and practical aspects of litigation and advocacy of human rights. Students will not only learn about the field of human rights, but about how to incorporate that knowledge into the actual work of defending human rights. Special focus will be placed on advocacy skills such as case assessment, brief writing, and oral argumentation. To that end, the Academy will feature a prominent moot court exercise where students will litigate a hypothetical case from beginning to end, culminating in a program-wide competition.

Aside from the practical training, students will also be given a choice of courses on a variety of topics related to human rights on both progressive and traditional issues. This year's main topic is "Human Rights and Migration". Students have the choice between the following courses:

  • Introduction to the jurisprudence and legal reasoning of the ECtHR
  • Murky Waters – Protection of Migrants at Sea
  • The European Convention and the European Court of Human Rights - Essentials
  • Indigenous Peoples' Rights
  • Human Rights, Incarceration, and Migration
  • The Avoidance Regime: New Developments in State Non-entrée and Resettlement Practices

For more information about the courses go to program.

If you are interested in participating in the 2018 session, please apply here.