Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law, Abo Akademi University, Finland

Posted on 17 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Education and Training Opportunities, Human Rights, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Institute for Human Rights and the Department of Law at Abo
Akademi University offer a two-year Master’s Degree Programme in
International Human Rights Law
. The application deadline for the 2009-2011 program is: 27 February 2009 at 4 pm (CET+1). Both the application and all supporting documents must be submitted by this time. Applications arriving past the deadline will not be considered.

The 120-credit program is taught in English. The a official website for the master’s program does not clarify whether offers content specific to the human rights issues of disabled people in developing countries. However, their provided information on the structure of the program indicates that students must take 15 to 35 credits in optional courses in order to achieve the total 120 credits required for the program. Students interested in disability rights in developing countries may wish to communicate directly with the program at to explore options for incorporating an emphasis on disability rights into the standard program.

Admission to the program is very competitive: only 15 students will be accepted to the 2009-2011 program. This means that not all students who meet the eligibility requirements will be able to enter the program. Students must have a law degree or other bachelor’s degree with at least 45 credits in law or relevant subjects.

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Master’s Degree in International Development and Disability

Posted on 10 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Education and Training Opportunities, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , |

Gallaudet University offers a Master’s Degree in International Development which prepares students to collaborate with a variety of groups which wish to include people with disabilities in their organizations, development projects and programs. The degree draws on theories and material from disability studies, international relations, public policy, research and evaluation. Students study significant topics in international relations that affect the economic and social development of countries worldwide, including:

· the theories and strategies of international development;
· the political, social and developmental issues surrounding disability that result in the continued oppression and marginalization of disabled people around the globe;
· the links between disability and development in the areas of human rights, poverty, the environment, health, gender, children, and conflict and emergency situations such as natural disasters;
· the inclusion of disability issues in mainstream development practice;
· participatory approaches in planning, implementation, monitoring, reviewing and evaluation, National and International policy framework, and;
· practice and theory of living and studying in cultures different from one’s own.

Applications for Gallaudet University’s Master’s Degree in International Development are due April 1st, 2009 in order to start in August 2009.

For those in the Washington, DC area, a Graduate School Open House will be held on campus this Friday, February 13th, 2009, from 10 am – 3:00 pm.

For more information about the Master’s Degree, please visit:

or contact Amy Wilson at

Thank you to Dr. Amy Wilson for sending this announcement to be posted at We Can Do. It is in good part thanks to Amy, and to the courses I have taken through her international development program at Gallaudet, that I have built such a strong network of contacts in the international disability community and learned many of the things I need to know to run this blog site.

Even if you cannot pursue a full Master’s Degree at this time, then I personally recommend their on-line class, EDF 772, “International Development with People with Disabilities in Developing Countries” as an excellent overview of the field. If you miss the April 1, 2009 deadline (to be accepted for the incoming August 2009 class), then check their web site for deadlines for next year.

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