IJRC offers trainings to organizations and groups on general and specific areas of international human rights protection.  Training sessions are designed to build advocates’ capacity to incorporate relevant international legal standards into their public education, litigation, and advocacy campaigns, and to enable them to effectively engage with regional and international human rights monitoring bodies and courts.

Trainings are tailored to the participants’ interests, experience, and goals. Please contact IJRC for further information or to schedule a training session. For shorter webinars and other events, please see the IJRC Events page.

Examples of Past Trainings

October 30, 2017 in Banjul, The Gambia:

The training session Researching International Human Rights Law: Current Challenges and Opportunities was co-hosted by the International Justice Resource Center, Institute for Human Rights & Development in Africa (IHRDA), and the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA). This training took place on the margins of the 61st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

This training focused on effective and efficient methods for researching human rights standards and case law on the internet. See the background note, with agenda, and flyer for additional details.


September 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California:


The International Justice Resource Center and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies hosted The Human Rights of Migrants: Challenges and Opportunities in California on September 23, 2016 at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Through this one-day training, participants discussed current, pressing concerns related to the rights of migrants and asylum seekers, including legal representation, detention, access to asylum, and workers’ rights.

Participants gained knowledge and practical insights on using human rights tools – international legal standards, complaints mechanisms, and other advocacy channels – to tackle these problems in California, and had opportunities to discuss and workshop these strategies with national experts and advocates from throughout California.

See the agenda and access the background materials in the public Dropbox folder:


June 19, 2014 in San Francisco, California:

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 4.48.01 PMIJRC held a training seminar focused on women’s human rights on June 19, 2014 at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. See the agenda, background materials, and other information in the public Dropbox folder: View the videos of each session on IJRC’s Vimeo page. Read our summary report and review of the six key takeaways from the day’s discussions for a recap.

Experts in international human rights law and women’s rights shared insights and examples with advocates and attorneys whose work involves violence against women, discrimination against women and girls, and reproductive health. Speakers included: Katrina Anderson (Center for Reproductive Rights), Rosa Celorio (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights), Connie de la Vega (University of San Franscisco School of Law), Ejim Dike (US Human Rights Network), Krishanti Dharmaraj (IANGEL), and Caroline Bettinger-Lopez (University of Miami School of Law).

Registration is now closed for this full-day conference focused on the international norms and advocacy channels available to help lawyers and advocates address critical women’s rights issues, including: gender and other forms of discrimination, violence against women, and reproductive rights. To keep informed of future events, please join our mailing list or send us an email at [email protected].


June 11 and 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California:

The International Justice Resource Center organized this unique training seminar on the international human rights framework and its uses in civil rights and social justice advocacy, at UC Hastings in San Francisco on June 11 and 12, 2013.  Support for this program was provided by the following organizations: the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, American Civil Liberties Union, Asian Law Caucus, Center for Justice & Accountability, and US Human Rights Network.  Videos of the expert panels, background materials and additional information are available here.


May 18, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts:

On May 18, 2012, IJRC organized a full day training in Boston on the international norms and mechanisms available to social justice and human rights advocates in the United States.  This training, titled The International Human Rights Framework: Opportunities for Attorneys and Advocates, was co-sponsored by Physicians for Human Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.  To see the agenda and presenters, click here.


September 11, 2011 in Montreal, Canada:

Another example of an IJRC training is the workshop “Effective Civil Society Organization Engagement with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights” held at the 2011 CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal, Canada.  (CIVICUS summary report here; flyer below).