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The international training programme Human Rights for Development (HR4DEV) is organised in Belgium since 2012. In 2012, 2014 and 2015, the programme consisted of a recurrent general module (two weeks on human rights and development), and a variable thematic module (in 2012 & 2014: children's rights; in 2015: transitional justice). In 2016, the course is still organised within the institutional framework of HR4DEV, but consists of one thematic module only, focussing on children's rights.
The children's rights module builds on interdisciplinary courses that have been organised by Ghent University (and, in a later stage, jointly with University College Ghent and Antwerp University) since 1996. In 2009, Flemish expertise on children's rights was pooled in the Children's Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi), which became the new host of the children's rights course.

The module on human rights and development built on the experiences of the summer courses in human rights that were organised in Flanders over the past 15 years, with participation from the universities of Ghent and Leuven, and foreign institutions in the Netherlands, the United States and South Africa. In 2010, the creation of Flemish Interuniversity Research Network in the field of law and development (LAW&DEV) helped bring together experts in Flemish universities in this field, offering new opportunities for cooperation. Through this interuniversity cooperation it proved possible to combine the knowledge and expertise available in Flanders and in our international networks for the joint training programme.

The thematic part on transitional justice and human rights was based on the extensive expertise acquired by several research groups at the University of Leuven over the last two decades.

Here you find the course reports of HR4DEV 2015, HR4DEV 2014, HR4DEV 2012, IICCR 2010 and IICCR 2008.

An impression: this video shows participants in the 2010 international interdisciplinary course on children's rights: