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Human rights in practice – Amnesty Academy

Človekove pravice v praksi – Akademija Amnesty

Course credits:

4.00 ECTS / 30 (0 hours of lectures, 30 hours of exercises, 0 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Petra Roter


  • Asst. Prof. Danijel Crnčec


Elective - general




Full academic year

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Postgraduate Programme of European Studies
  • Postgraduate Programme of International Relations
  • Undergraduate Programme of International Relations


Enrolment in any study programme and interest in human rights.

Objectives and competences

- Knowledge of the basic facts about international protection of human rights. - Knowledge of actors in the field of human rights implementation in practice, and understanding of their opportunities, capabilities and limitations. - Knowledge of Slovenia's system of human rights protection. - Learning how the system functions in practice – with respect to individual current issues of human rights protection. - Observing the actual practice of the civil society, particularly Amnesty International Slovenia (which will carry out this course), and participating in individual aspects of its practical work in this field.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Overview and analysis of international protection of human rights at different levels of governance – with a focus on the linkages between the international and the national (state) levels. Overview and analysis of protection of human rights in Slovenia: norms, actors, mechanisms. Analysis of the role and functioning of the civil society in the issue-area of human rights protection. Learning about the work and the role of Amnesty International and Amnesty International Slovenia. Analysis of individual aspects of human rights protection (current issues – e.g. migrants, social minorities, national minorities, workers' rights, reproductive rights, enforced disappearances, torture and similar) and monitoring of the actual practice and work of the civil society in the field of actual implementation of human rights. Practical work.

Intended learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding: students will know the normative framework of human rights protection, the significance and role of different actors with the emphasis on the role of the civil society (non-governmental organisations like Amnesty International Slovenia), obstacles on the way to access to human rights and their implementation in practice in the Republic of Slovenia and in other selected states (depending on the interest of students and in agreement with the Amnesty International Slovenia). Competences: students will be equipped to become active and responsible citizens in the field of protection of human rights.

Learning and teaching methods:

- seminars and workshops - project work - field work; learning about practical aspects of the work of Amnesty International Slovenia and other civil society actors.


Type (examination, oral, coursework, project or other) 100% On-going work, mandatory presence (80 %) and active participation in class, including with regards to individual shorter written reports and with respect to active participation in seminars and other forms of teaching, are the necessary requirement for succesful completion of this course and recognition of all credits. No grade, credits can be used for other courses (based on an intial agreement with the teachers responsible for those courses).

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Cerar, Miro (ur.); Jamnikar, Jon (ur.); Smrkolj, Maja (ur.)
Title: Dokumenti človekovih pravic z uvodnimi pojasnili »
Edition: 2. natis = 2nd reprint
Publishing: Ljubljana : Amnesty International Slovenije : Mirovni inštitut, Inštitut za sodobne družbene in politične študije, 2002 [i. e.] 2004
ISBN: 961-90760-3-6
COBISS.SI-ID: 218711808 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Alston, Philip; Goodman, Ryan
Title: International human rights : the successor to international human rights in context : law, politics and morals : text and materials »
Publishing: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-19-957872-6
COBISS.SI-ID: 4149934 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Title: Body politics : a primer on criminalization of sexuality and reproduction »
Publishing: London : Amensty International, 2018
ISBN: fdv-isbn-079
COBISS.SI-ID: 75541763 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of additional literature:

Title: Combating torture and other ill-treatment : a manual for action »
Edition: [2nd updated and revised ed.]
Publishing: London : Amnesty International, 2016
ISBN: 0-86210-494-7; 978-0-86210-494-8
COBISS.SI-ID: 34492253 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

3. Unit of additional literature:

Title: Human rights for human dignity : a primer on economic, social and cultural rights »
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publishing: London : Amnesty International, cop. 2014
ISBN: 978-0-86210-487-0
COBISS.SI-ID: 80096259 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

4. Unit of additional literature:

Title: Fair Trial Manual »
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publishing: London : Amnesty International, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-86210-484-9
COBISS.SI-ID: 75580419 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

5. Unit of additional literature:

Title: (S)poznajte svoje obveznosti : priročnik za preprečevanje prisilnih izselitev »
Publishing: London : Amnesty international, 2012
ISBN: fdv-isbn-078
COBISS.SI-ID: 75539203 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full study

  1. Tutorials and individual consultations with lecturer
    Short seminar paper or short assignments - 1.
    Professional training and individual consultations

Curriculum was last modified on: 21.07.2022