Group Discounts for Current Trainings

UPEACE-HRC offers group discounts to organizations and universities wishing to enrol their staff or students in the current trainings on the Centre’s calendar offered for individuals. Organizational coordinators are welcome to contact us to explore options.

Customized Trainings

UPEACE-HRC offers several customized courses to organizations and universities based on their specific training needs. Training lengths can be shortened or extended to suit the convenience of the organizations and/or universities, and additional components or themes can be incorporated into a course to cater to their requirements.

Customized courses can be held on-campus at UPEACE in Costa Rica, or on-site at the organization or university concerned, or at neutral places (retreats or in-the-field). Summer (July to August) or winter (December to January) programmes are quite popular. On-site courses are typically one, two or three weeks long.

Customized courses can also be developed in online or hybrid modalities. UPEACE-HRC offers several customized online trainings to organizations based on their specific needs, including the United Nations, other inter-governmental organizations, governments, universities, non-governmental organizations and businesses.

Below is a snapshot of selected customized trainings conducted by the Centre to demonstrate the diversity of possible options:

Capacity Building Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming in Conflict Early Warning Systems, Dakar, Senegal (2014)

In collaboration with the Pan-African Centre and Femme Africa Solidarite, Senegal, the Human Rights Centre developed and facilitated a one week cutting edge- training workshop on Gender Mainstreaming in Conflict Early Warning Systems for 30 selected African professionals working in the field of peacebuilding and human rights. The training was conducted in Dakar, Senegal.

Workshops for Business Corporations on Mainstreaming Human Rights in Corporate Activities (2014-2020)

UPEACE-HRC has been providing customized training in online, on-site and/or hybrid modalities to business corporations around the world interested in mainstreaming human rights into corporate activities, including designing of due diligence policies, conducting of human rights impact assessments, and setting up of operational level grievance mechanisms for human rights complaints by stakeholders.

Course on Global Governance to Students of Long Island University (2015-2020)

The Centre has been delivering an on-site module on Global Governance to students of Long Island University since 2015 at its Costa Rica campus, which includes a field visit to Panama.

Workshop on Human Rights and the United Nations System for Pace University (2011)

Combined with the 3 full-days participation in the UPEACE Model UN Conference, the Centre offered a week-long workshop to students of Pace University, New York, on the United Nations System and Human Rights.

Customized Online Certificate Training for Students of Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio, Madrid and Berg Institute (2013-2020)

Since 2013, the Centre has been conducting a customized 4-weeks online certificate training for Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio, Madrid and the Berg Institute on the topic of “Development and Human Rights: Implications for the Globalized World- Dynamics of Conflict and Cooperation”.

Organizational coordinators are welcome to contact us to explore options.

Implementing Agency

UPEACE-HRC has unique capacities to act as the implementing agency for training and capacity building projects on behalf of the United Nations bodies, governments and/or NGOs.

Below is a snapshot of selected projects implemented by the Centre on behalf of other organizations, demonstrating the diversity of possible options:

Facilitated E-Learning Module on “Operationalizing the Right to Development in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals” (2018-2020)

UPEACE-HRC has, since 2018, developed and conducted an instructor-led facilitated online training in conjunction with and funding from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Not only is the four-weeks online training organized and delivered by the Centre, but the development of the module, including coordination of the author-contributed chapters thereof, was led by UPEACE-HRC.

Capacity Building Workshops for Business Corporations on Mainstreaming Human Rights in Corporate Activities, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua (2015)

With funding from ICCO, UPEACE conducted a successful project for training business corporations in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama on the topic of mainstreaming human rights into corporate activities using ISO 26000 and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The content and design of the workshops were developed by the UPEACE Human Rights Centre and the training was delivered by Dr. Mihir Kanade, Director of the Centre.

Capacity Building Workshop for Costa Rican Youth (6-16 December, 2011 and 11-15 February, 2013)

With funding from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives, administered by the Embassy of Canada, the Centre conducted two capacity building workshops as aforesaid, the second one being an advanced workhop, for 50 Costa Rican youth working with NGOs on the topic of ‘Building Sustainable NGOs in Costa Rica for Promoting Human Security’. The workshops included both face-to-face and e-learning components to ensure maximum impact. This project brought together 50 young women and men from different parts of Costa Rica, having a common vision and passion for promoting human security in Costa Rica through civil society advocacy. The participants were selected on the basis of their proven track record in issues concerning human security in Costa Rica, such as migrants rights, juvenile crimes, drug abuse, domestic violence and other gender issues, environment and human rights. The workshop was conducted in Spanish by experts in the field who trained the participants on not only the contemporary human security issues in Costa Rica and the legal human rights mechanisms for promoting them, but other issues relating to human rights and human security advocacy as well. In addition, the workshops trained participants on practical issues for NGO work such as fundraising, project management, community development and social entrepreneurship.

“Contemporary Issues in International Trade: Impacts on Central America and Dominican Republic” (December 6 – 10, 2010)

The Centre conducted a comprehensive training workshop in December 2010 on human rights and other issues arising out of free trade agreements (FTAs) affecting the Dominican Republic and the five Central American countries. A total of 18 lawyers from 6 countries – the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, participated in the workshop. Half of the participants from each country were nominated by the respective Ministry of Trade (or Foreign Relations) and the other half by the major Bar Association (or Chamber of Commerce) in each country. The major goals of this project were to create awareness about the importance of a proper understanding of FTAs affecting the region and its indispensability in fostering good governance. Furthermore, it is important to build and strengthen the capacities of lawyers from the above countries to properly advise their government and local investors, to represent their interests before dispute settlement bodies created under the different FTAs, and to create a platform for further local initiatives on the topic. Course participants’ professional experience encompassed various fields such as human rights, international trade law, administrative law, corporate law, mediation and arbitration.

Organizational coordinators are welcome to contact us to explore options.

Legal Advice, Research and Consultancy

UPEACE-HRC provides impartial and independent legal advice and consultancy services to inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other organizational querists on issues concerning international law and human rights.

Examples include provision of legal expertise to development agencies on mainstreaming human rights-based approach in large-scale infrastructure projects, conducting research for UN organizations and private sector, and advising NGOs on strategic litigation or advocacy.

Organizational coordinators are welcome to contact us to explore options.