In all regions of the world, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons are subject to discrimination, persecution, violence, and other forms of human rights violations. Monitoring the extent of such human rights abuses is key to identify root causes, gaps in implementation, and avenues for redress.

MOOC on Monitoring the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

The Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) is proud to launch a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in its expanding e-learning offer. Focusing on the protection of LGBTI persons and their human rights, the MOOC provides a worldwide overview of human rights standards, mechanisms and practices in this area.

Course Outline

The programme is structured in three Modules. Module 1 focuses on international definitions and legal frameworks concerning the human rights of LGBTI persons and related monitoring mechanisms. Theoretical aspects are accompanied by examples of concrete challenges and practices in order to generally frame and contextualise the international discourse. Module 2 is dedicated to specific contexts and challenges in the areas of societal attitudes, equality and non-discrimination, laws and policies (including decriminalisation), specific rights and freedoms. Analysis from different regions provides an overview of the many situations faced by LGBTI persons worldwide. Module 3 deals with the monitoring in practice of LGBTI rights in terms of specific actions, strategies and practices: reporting, strategic litigation, advocacy strategies, and synergies (between international and regional systems; among governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental actors).

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Lecturers and Experts

The course is coordinated by the KU Leuven, one of the 41 universities members of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA/GC Europe) and is taught by academics and experts drawn from a cross-section of constituencies. The faculty includes, among others: Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Frans Viljoen, University of Pretoria; Carlos Zelada, Universidad del Pacífico; Douglas Sanders, Mahidol University; Marta Ramos, ILGA Portugal; Goran Miletic, Civil Rights Defenders; Tarek Zeidan, Helem; Mamikon Hovsepyan, Pink Armenia. The MOOC is funded by the European Commission and is offered in cooperation with Open EdX, one of the leading providers of open online learning for everyone everywhere.

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About US

The Global Campus of Human Rights is an EU-funded global network of universities based on cooperation between the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) – the network’s focal point and umbrella organisation – and seven Regional Programmes which are based in Venice for Europe, in Sarajevo/Bologna for South East Europe, in Yerevan for the Caucasus, in Pretoria for Africa, in Bangkok for Asia-Pacific, in Buenos Aires for Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Beirut for the Arab world.