The annual CIPDH-UNESCO course addresses the main global challenges in the human rights field. Each edition focuses on a specific topic of international interest, bringing together teachers and participants from different countries, with extensive professional experience and diverse viewpoints.

Since the end of World War II, it has never been so imperative to discuss the universal ideal of human rights, the serious challenges for their fulfillment, the possible solutions to the severe global problems that threaten them, the improvement of protection systems and the conditions for their exercise. This primary objective is the starting point of the CIPDH-UNESCO’s International Course on Human Rights.

This is an on-site course that lasts a week and is held in Buenos Aires. It involves a body of teachers that is made up of nationally and internationally renowned experts.

This course is addressed to professionals with experience in the human rights field, whether in activism in non-governmental organizations, at the government level, in academia, or at international organizations. Its academic design includes sessions with different methodologies: lectures, panels, public interviews with prominent personalities and practical exercises carried out in a peer learning environment.


The 2019 International Course on Human Rights will take place at UNESCO Villa Ocampo Observatory, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between September 23rd and 27th, 2019. The topic will be “Development and Human Rights: Friends or Foes?

The development of nations is a key factor in securing human rights, while, at the same time, it can represent a potential threat to them. This year, the course aims to analyze and study these phenomena, in line with UNESCO’s contemporary agenda on Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals.