Drug Policy and Human Rights Summer Course at Central European University

This course aims to explore the often tense intersection between drug policy and human rights. Taking place within the broader context of the UN drug control system, discussion will focus on the identification and understanding of relevant international human rights agreements and on the evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementation of drug policies in many countries and regions.

Including examination of both “consumer-” and “supply-side” issues, the focus of the course will be global, and participants will be drawn from all regions internationally.

Course Dates 

July 14–July 23, 2014


Budapest, Hungary

Course Directors

  • David Bewley-Taylor, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Swansea, UK
  • Julia Buxton, School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary and Global Drug Policy Observatory,University of Swansea, UK


  • Damon Barrett, International Harm Reduction Association, UK
  • Balazs Denes, European Civil Liberties Project, Budapest, Hungary
  • Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, Open Society Global Drug Policy Program, Warsaw, Poland
  • Peter Sarosi, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Budapest, Hungary
  • Niamh Eastwood, Release
Eligibility Criteria

The applications are invited from high-achieving MA and PhD students, junior faculty, research staff in universities and other institutions, and professionals. 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 emphasize the interdisciplinarity both of learning and of problem-solving. It is thus an important objective that nonstandard disciplines be represented, and that new skills and capacities are applied to this area of public policy.

The language of instruction is English; thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.

Purpose and Priorities

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 opportunity for sharing participant experiences. 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 CEU with a Certificate of Attendance.


For more information and application instructions visit the CEU Summer University website.