Human Rights Research and Documentation

Friday, March 6, 2020 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday, March 6th: 9:30am-5:00pm
Saturday, March 7th: 9:30am-5:00pm

This two-day interactive workshop is designed to strengthen participants’ human rights research and documentation skills, primarily for the purposes of human rights policy and advocacy. This workshop teaches the practical skills of a human rights investigator: how to identify and design a research project, how to plan and conduct the research, including field investigations, and how to present the findings effectively to the media and advocacy targets.

Covered topics include investigative methodology (interviewing victims, witnesses, and government officials; collection and analysis of photo, video, documentary and material evidence; as well as the use of new technologies, such as satellite imagery). Students will learn to select, conceptualize, and develop human rights research projects, and hone their writing skills to present human rights findings in a clear, concise and compelling manner, whether in internal memos, press releases, or detailed public reports.

Facilitator: Ole Solvang is Director of Partnerships and Policy at the Norwegian Refugee Council. Prior to joining NRC, Mr. Solvang spent nearly 10 years documenting violations of international law in armed conflict situations for Human Rights Watch, where he also developed and implemented advocacy plans. Before that, he served as the Executive Director of Russian Justice Initiative, a non-governmental organization providing legal aid to victims of human rights violations in the North Caucasus. He is a member of the board of Russian Justice Initiative.

Ole Solvang has a Master's degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Columbia College.

Early bird rate of $395 for those who register by February 7 with discount code: EARLYBIRD.

Regular rate of $450.

Columbia students are eligible for a 40% discount on the regular rate if enrolled by the early bird deadline (please email humanrightsed@columbia.edu for more information). We will also offer a limited number of reduced rates for those wish significant financial need.

Prospective participants who wish to apply for a need-based discount, as well as registered participants, are asked to complete the following survey: https://forms.gle/ttL3Yxf7tyCEc9Ta9