Defending Human Rights

Human Rights are ever important. When it comes to various issues like discrimination, inhumane treatment of prisoners, domestic violence, or attacks against journalists, human rights defenders always have to be vigilant. In this practical course, we will try doing what anyone can do to promote a society that respects the dignity and rights of every person.

We will discuss the role of different actors, such as civil servants, politicians, activists, or private companies. We will seek to understand in what ways each of these groups can contribute to defending human rights. And we will discuss all of this using the case of a specific human rights issue, which we will choose together before the start of the course.

Only a small portion of the course will be taken up by lecture. Instead, we will be collaboratively designing a solution to a chosen problem. We will do so by creating an advocacy campaign – a partly expert and partly activist initiative. We will start by studying materials like laws and newspaper articles, before analysing the problem and proposing a solution. We will try drafting bills, convincing politicians, and educating the public. We will have our own logo, posters, policy papers… The only limit is our imagination (and time)!

There is no prerequisite for this course, it is suitable for everyone. If you’re interested in law, politics, marketing, PR, graphic design, journalism or similar fields, this might be the course for you!

Mirek Crha

Mirek is fascinated by the rules governing our lives, and by how they come to be. He loves learning what the impact of these norms is, and how to improve them. That is why he is focusing on human rights, policymaking, and the legislative process. He studied Political Science and International Relations at Social Sciences faculty of Charles University in Prague, as well as law, also at Charles University, with study exchanges to the USA and the Netherlands. He has work experience in the fields of environmental law, fighting corruption, defending freedom of the media and democracy. He used to work in a law firm and as a lobbyist in the non-profit organization Rekonstrukce státu. Currently, he is a human rights lawyer at the Human Rights and Protection of Minorities Department of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. There he is drafting bills, creating strategies, and acting as secretary for several committees of the Government Council for Human Rights. His favorite sport is skiing and he is interested in the design of videogames and their worlds. He is also in charge of Discover’s website.

Session D

Art Against the Mainstream

Štěpán Folget

Biological Psychiatry

Aleksa Petković

Categories of Political Science

Gosha Evlanov

Contagion: infectious disease and society

Jana Lohrova

Cross-cultural studies 101

Mwika Kiarie

Defending Human Rights

Mirek Crha

History from Liberty to Liberation

Emma Nabi-Bourgois


Soňa Feciskaninová

Neuronal Biophysics

Sara Banovska

Positive psychology

Laura Opletalová

Sound, music, and science

Sol Johansen

Surveillance capitalism

Vašek Šmatera

Sustainable design

Mariana Ochodková

Theory of General Relativity

Bohdan Glisevic