Columbia University Announces Human Rights Certification Program

Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies announces the launch of a summer Human Rights Certification program. Created in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University, the program emphasizes the interaction between human rights theory and practice and provides students the opportunity to explore human rights both inside and outside the classroom.

ISHR was the first academic center in the world to be founded on an interdisciplinary commitment to the study of human rights. It is committed to providing human rights education, fostering innovative and interdisciplinary academic research, and building the capacity of human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world.

Students pursuing the certification must complete two core courses, Introduction to Human Rights and International Human Rights Law, in addition to two electives. The four required courses may be taken in one summer, or divided between two summers. Electives include Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Rights of Women, Health and Human Rights, and Transitional Justice.