The Asian Human Rights and Drug Policy Program will be held in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India from April 19 to 29, 2013.
The course aims to situate drug policies globally within a framework of fundamental human rights, and to assess the extent to which country and international drug policies fail to meet human rights standards. Discussion will focus partly on the identification and understanding of human rights including those that have their basis in international agreements and laws, and in part on evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementation of drug policies in many countries and regions. The focus of the course will be global, and participants will be drawn from all regions internationally.
A mix of teaching modes will be used and faculty are encouraged to minimize the use of formal lectures. Emphasis will be on discussion and interactive learning with maximal use of written and non-written materials. There exist considerable amounts of audio-visual media, and these will be extensively used as a basis for group discussion. Time will be allocated for personal reading and participants will be encouraged to interact personally with faculty so as to deepen understanding of the issues. Site visits and discussions with civil society organizations and groups will be a feature of the program of activities.
All those attending the course will be provided by JNU with a Certificate of Attendance. Opportunities will also be provided during the course for personal discussions with Faculty. It is intended that further work after the conclusion of the course be encouraged both in respect of research and program analysis and development. Course faculty will be prepared to provide follow-up assistance through personal agreement with students.
- Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, Director, Open Society Global Drug Policy Program
- Anand Grover, Lawyers’ Collective, Member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights
- Tripti Tandon, Head of Advocacy Lawyers Collective India
- Arvind Mathur, Principal and Controller Dr SN Medical College Jodhpur
- Roy Wadia, Executive Director, Heroes Project, India
- Donn Colby, Medical Director, PEPFAR/Harvard Medical School-Vietnam
- David Bewley-Taylor, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Swansea, UK
- Desmond Cohen, Formerly Dean School of Social Sciences, University of Sussex, UK; Director of the HIV/AIDS and Development Program, UNDP; Advisor, Open Society Global Drug Policy Program
- Damon Barrett, Senior Analyst in Human Rights, International Harm Reduction Association, UK
- Daniel Mejia, Professor of Economics, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
- Gita Sinha, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Applications are invited from high-achieving MA and PhD students, junior faculty, research staff in universities and other institutions, and professionals from the field of public health. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered. No prior knowledge of human rights and drug policy is required of participants. A key objective of the course is to emphasise the interdisciplinary learning and problem-solving. It is thus an important objective that non-standard disciplines are represented, and that new skills and capacities are applied to this area of public policy.