Training the Human Rights Lawyers of Tomorrow

At ECCHR, we look to a growing network to share and develop our motivation, knowledge and innovative approaches to conducting human rights work. With this in mind, ECCHR’s Education Program focuses on training, networking and collaborative learning.
To ensure the future of progressive human rights work, we take part in an ongoing learning process together with young lawyers and our international colleagues.

We aim not only to pass on legal knowledge, but also to deepen and advance important strategic and political debates. To this end, we dedicate a large part of our resources to building a global platform for collaborative and interdisciplinary learning. 
We are always working to maintain a network in which participants can share experiences, knowledge and ideas. The Education Program offers a Legal Training Program, two-year Bertha Justice Fellowships for particularly talented young lawyers and an international exchange program for colleagues from our partner organizations (Bertha Global Exchange). After their stay at ECCHR, all participants of the Education Program are encouraged to stay involved through our active alumni network.

A platform for mutual and interdisciplinary learning

Education Program participants work with ECCHR staff to gain comprehensive insight into individual cases and program areas, as well as the overall philosophy of our work. By engaging with ECCHR colleagues in other parts of the world, our Education Program participants get firsthand experience of global human rights work. Participants learn to critically assess legal work and hone their understanding of the political and socio-economic contexts of our cases.
Regular events hosted by the Education Program include discussions, storytelling and workshops with partners. Weekly trainee meetings on current problems and fundamental questions of law supplement the learning program and also serve to trigger and advance important political debate.
The same is true for other aspects of the program like the Human Rights Cinema viewings organized by the participants, and alternative tours of Berlin arranged by program staff. All Education Program elements have one thing in common: they strive to broaden the participants’ perspectives beyond traditional approaches to legal work.


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The Education Program is supported by the Bertha Foundation.