Welcome to Join "Human Rights and Disability" University Course in Finland!!

This is an undergraduate university course (intermediate level) equals to 5 credits. Organiser is the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University (the project members are also lecturers!). It is composed of 18 hours lectures + 4 hours moot court participation.

Time: 30 November – 8 December 2009

Place: Educarium (Assistentinkatu 5, Turku), Lecture Room 2. (Exception on 2 December: PharmaCity (Itäinen Pitkäkatu 4 b), Lecture Room 1)

Entry Requirements: Basic knowledge on human rights

Target Audience: Students of Law, Social Sciences or other related fields. Researchers interested in the theme.

NOTE: Observers outside the academic environment, e.g. staff of organisations of persons with disabilities are warmly welcome to apply for observer-status or full participant status. Please send your 1/2 page letter of interest to jukka.kumpuvuori(at)abo.fi by 18.November the latest. Course materials are not distributed to participants with observer status. Observers will not gain study points for attending the course. Observers are allowed to participate only to lecture sessions of the course.

Registration: Please e-mail to jukka.kumpuvuori(at)abo.fi by 18 November the latest. Please indicate in your e-mail if you have any disability-related or other needs you want to be accommodated during the course.

Fee: The course participation is free for Finnish university students. If you are not a student of Finnish Universities, and if you participate fully to the course, you have to pay the fee of 70 Euros. Observers can participate the course for free. Please visit this site and this site for more details.


Monday 30 November

12-14 Introduction of the Course + History of Human Rights and Disability (Hisayo Katsui, Jukka Kumpuvuori & Edson Ngirabakunzi)

14-16 Disability Rights – Global Perspectives (Michael Stein)

16 Handing out the take-home exam (Jukka Kumpuvuori & Edson Ngirabakunzi)

Tuesday 1 December

10-12 Equality and Non-Discrimination in the Context of Disability – an International Perspective (Michael Stein)

13-15 Equality and Non-Discrimination in the Context of Disability – the European Community Perspective (Lisa Waddington)

15-16 Round Table on Equality and Non-Discrimination (Lecturers of the Course & Actors of Local Disability Organisations)

Wednesday 2 December

11-16:30 Seminar on Human Rights and Persons with Disabilities in Higher Education (program is available by e-mail.) Organised and sponsored by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University.

Thursday 3 December

Seminar in Helsinki on Preparation Work of the Finnish Disability Policy (Participation is voluntary. Travel cost is not covered by the course organiser).

Friday 4 December

10-12 Human Rights Based Approach to Disability in Development - Theory and Cases (Hisayo Katsui, Jukka Kumpuvuori & Edson Ngirabakunzi)

13-15 Practical Implications of Human Rights in the Daily Life of a Person with a Disability (Zachary Kaddu and Riku Virtanen)

Monday 7 December

9 E-mail –returns of the take-home exam by 9 a.m.

15 – 18 Preparations for the Moot Court in groups

Tuesday 8 December

10-14 Moot Court + Debriefing of the take-home exam

15 Closing the course

[1] Moot Court is an exercise in which participants take part in simulated court proceedings by drafting briefs and participating in oral argumentation.