BYS in Norway

7 Decembar 2016
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Centar za napredne studije predstavlja novu rubriku pod nazivom Students’ corner. Rubrika obuhvata tekstove polaznika programa Balkanska škola za mlade.

Cilj ove rubrike jeste vratiti pisanje u svakodnevni život studenata polaznika programa otvaranjem medijskog prostora za njih. Također, cilj je da se aktivnosti i stečena iskustva u okviru Balkanske škole za mlade postave u širi kontekst zahvaljujući stavovima samih polaznika.

Sadržaj rubrike Students’ corner čine studentski kritički osvrti na teme koje su obrađene u okviru predavanja i radionica tokom Balkanske škole za mlade, osvrti na realizirane aktivnosti poput kluba knjige, edukativnih ekskurzija, posjeta kulturnim događajima, i dr. Tekstovi mogu sadržavati i ekspresiju ličnih iskustava stečenih tokom realizacije programa, ali i osvrte na društveno-političke fenomene koji nisu direktno obrađeni tokom programa.

U nastavku donosimo tekst Anise Begović, polaznice prve generacije programa. Anisa je studentica Filozofskog fakulteta Univerziteta u Sarajevu, studira engleski jezik i književnost, te turski jezik i književnost.


As one of the attendants of Balkan Youth School in Sarajevo, this year I had a privilege to participate in Introductory Course on International Human Rights, organized by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights that gathers human rights experts, researchers, and students from all over the world.

The course took place in September 2016, in Oslo. The classes were held at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR), which is a part of the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo (UiO). The Centre is dedicated to promotion and protection of human rights through multi-disciplinary approach, educational research, practical training, and public engagement. As the name itself indicates, Introductory Course on International Human Rights was intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to international human rights, human rights law, national human rights institutions, as well as their monitoring, implementation and enforcement.

Throughout the course, we had a chance to hear something about the history and politics of human rights, to learn about substantive rights, minorities and indigenous people’s rights, human rights mechanisms, and enforcement of these rights in national jurisdictions. We had the opportunity to listen some of the most qualified researchers in various fields related to human rights, such as Heiner Bielefeldt, recent UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), Dr Lena Larsen, Director of the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and many other distinguished professors and experts of law, political science, philosophy and social anthropology. Having read some recommended material prior to the course, all participants were expected to take part in lectures and class discussions. We were also encouraged to share our own understanding of human rights based on either personal or general observations, or by giving some concrete examples from our home countries.

Towards the end of the course we had a moot court, i.e. a simulated court case which involves a group participation in oral argument. There we were obliged to put into practice everything we have learned during the course. In addition to the educational aspect of the program, we visited Norway’s National Institution for Human Rights, as well as the Norwegian Parliament, the magnificent Oslo City Hall, National Theatre, and the medieval Akershus Castle.

The five-day intensive International Human Rights Course was closed with final conclusion, student evaluations, and receiving certificates for a successful completion of the course. I must say that this was a nice and definitely useful experience for all of us. Firstly, not only it raised my awareness on concepts and characteristics of human rights and enhanced my knowledge of the human rights bodies, but it also enabled me to demonstrate knowledge and skills gained during my previous education. Secondly, this course was a good base for establishing contacts with other young people from countries such as Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Sudan, etc., who are interested in promoting human rights and taking part in social activism. I would like to give special thanks to Center for Advanced Studies for giving me the opportunity to benefit from this course and make my own contribution to it. And of course, visiting Scandinavia for the first time was a great way to combine business with pleasure and it surely made this experience even better! 🙂


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