Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy in Asia

The Asian Human Rights and Drug Policy Program will be held in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India from September to 30 to October 11, 2013.

The course aims to help students understand drug policies within a framework of fundamental human rights and to explore how national and international drug policies conflict with international 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 drug policies in many countries and regions. The focus of the course will be global and participants will be drawn from around the world.

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. A considerable amount of audio-visual media will be employed to facilitate group discussion. Time will be allocated for personal reading and participants will be encouraged to interact with faculty members in order to deepen their understanding of the issues. Site visits and discussion 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 discussion with faculty. It is intended that further work after the conclusion of the course be encouraged both in respect to research and program analysis and development. Course faculty will be prepared to provide follow-up assistance to students.


  • 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
  • Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, Director, Open Society Global Drug Policy Program
Eligibility Criteria

Masters and PhD students, junior faculty, research staff in universities and other institutions, and professionals from the field of public health, are all invited to apply. No prior knowledge of human rights and drug policy is required of participants. A key objective of the course is to emphasize interdisciplinary learning and problem-solving. It is therefore an important objective that a variety of disciplines are represented and that new skills and capacities are applied to this area of public policy.

Ineligibility Criteria

Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.


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