Training is a vital component of the GC’s work, particularly for those who protect and promote human rights.

Intended for government officials, lawyers, journalists, students and other civil society representatives, the tailored training programs aim at offering participants a unique, hands-on exposure to the working methods of international organizations in Geneva, particularly the United Nations, through active participation in the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, visits to Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and other relevant Geneva-based institutions. The programs also aim at promoting national capacity building, especially with regard to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries, through developing tailored programmes to enhance human rights awareness, knowledge and skills of the upcoming generations in the Arab region.


The list of upcoming training courses provided by the GC.

Global Governance & Human Rights Training Course – Coming soon in June 2024

Discover Global Governance & Human Rights This Summer in Geneva: A Hub of Human Rights

Presented by Webster University in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, this exclusive two-week program offers a deep dive into Global Governance from June 3 to June 14. This program is an integral part of a four-week summer session designed for students and professionals from the MENA region. It’s your chance to explore the complex dynamics of international governance and human rights.

Why Choose This Program?

  • Intensive Schedule: Engage in interactive morning classes complemented by enriching site visits every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: Webster University provides a range of convenient accommodation options to enhance your stay.
  • Exclusive Enrollment: Benefit from a personalized learning environment with limited enrollment slots.

Who Should Apply?

  • Students and young professionals looking to deepen their understanding of global policies and human rights.
  • Individuals from the MENA region interested in the inner workings of international organizations.
  • Aspiring leaders aiming to effect meaningful change in global governance.

Program Highlights:

  • Comprehensive coursework covering both the fundamentals and current challenges in Global Governance.
  • Practical experiences including site visits and meetings with prominent figures in international law and human rights.
  • Opportunities to network with peers and seasoned experts in the field.

Course Details:

  • Duration: Flexible 2-week sessions available from June 3 to June 28
  • Location: Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland

Step into a summer of intensive education and professional development. Leave your mark in the fields of Global Governance and Human Rights with this carefully curated program.

Spaces are Limited – Apply Now to Secure Your Spot!

To learn more about the program and secure your place, contact Alia Farès, Training and MENA Region Specialist

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The list of training courses provided by the GC. This list is constantly updated.

The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue successfully conducted a 2-day online training course on “Cybersecurity for Human Rights Professionals” in collaboration with Kamal Sedra, a cybersecurity expert with over 20 years of experience in civil society organizations, media, and businesses. Mr. Sedra is also the founder and director of eduCYBER Sàrl, a cybersecurity consulting firm based in Switzerland. The training took place from April 27th to 28th, 2023.

This intensive training course catered to organizations, journalists, lawyers, and individuals interested in human rights. Participants expressed their satisfaction with the training, highlighting that the knowledge gained during the sessions would enhance their ability to protect human rights in their respective fields, particularly in addressing cybersecurity challenges. The training significantly strengthened their capacity to navigate the complexities of digital security, empowering them to proactively address potential cyber threats.




This is an overview of the tailor-made human rights training course developed for Zayed University International Relations undergraduate students. It was organized by the Geneva Centre in collaboration with Webster University in Geneva from June 13 to 24, 2022.
The purpose of this course was to provide students with a foundational understanding of human rights, issues and debates surrounding them through lectures from prominent scholars, professionals and practitioners.
The course also provided participants with the opportunity to visit several international organizations, including the United Nations, International Labour Organization (ILO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and World Trade Organization (WTO) among others.



The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement & Global Dialogue (GCHRAGD) strives to promote a universal, value-driven human rights system anchored in equity, non-discrimination, inclusiveness, and solidarity. The Centre was established in Geneva in 2013 and was granted special consultative status in 2017 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Centre is an independent human rights think-tank and advocacy institution whose mission is to identify human rights needs and challenges and actively promote and encourage those working in the field.

The Geneva Centre believes that training is an essential leverage for the enhancement of human rights knowledge, promotion and practices. The Geneva Centre’s trainings on human rights usually focus on the Centre’s core thematic areas of equality, non-discrimination, justice, gender issues, women’s rights and interfaith dialogue, as well as international conferences and developments related to human rights.

The Geneva Centre’s human rights training programme is unique for the following reasons:

  • The Centre adjusts to the level, background and future careers needs of the participants;
  • Besides its experienced staff, the Centre invites high-level lecturers and experts, available in Geneva academia and international organizations, with solid theoretical and practical experience in human rights law and international humanitarian law, to deliver innovative training modules.
  • Participants learn the methods and techniques to work with such mechanisms as Human Rights Council (HRC), Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Treaty Bodies, and Special Procedures.
  • The Geneva Centre’s trainings specifically address the role of civil society in human rights negotiations.

The Geneva Centre offers a wide range of training activities, such as courses, intensive workshops, and seminars, providing participants with an opportunity to learn more about international organizations in Geneva, including the United Nations and its Human Rights Council sessions through active participation in its sessions, visits to Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and other relevant Geneva-based institutions. Trainings are offered both on-site and online. There are two types of training, adapted to the requirements and skills of the participants.

On request, the Centre also offers tailor-made training programs in collaboration with academic and non-profit partner organizations in Geneva.

The Geneva Centre organizes trainings to provide capacity-building to a variety of interested stakeholders, including students, lawyers, journalists, government officials, civil society representatives and human rights activists.

Training programs offered by the Geneva Centre take place three times a year, concomitantly with the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council. The three training cycles happen annually in March, June and September. Programs may last from a 2-day workshop to a two-week intensive course depending on each year.

The training courses become available on our Training in Human Rights page normally a few months before the training is due to start. If you are interested in participating in training, you can register online or via e-mail:

Online: Click the “REGISTER” link on the course page, complete the online application form and submit all required information and attachments.

E-mail: Alia Fares, Training and Partnerships Officer