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 ninth time in the summer of 2017 at the University of Lucerne building at Frohburgstrasse 3, July 3-21, 2017.

This 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 coursework on a variety of topics related to human rights on both progressive and traditional issues. This is a summer law program held in the heart of Europe with a global focus established to create a dynamic and unique training program in human rights. Participants can earn eight (8) ECTS credits for the moot court exercise and for successful completion of the courses and lunch seminars. All successful participants will be awarded Certificates of Completion. The program is open to both students and practitioners.

Please check back often to this website for detailed information on added courses, scheduled lectures, and more. If you are interested in participating in the 2017 session, please apply here.