Summer Schools

International Summer School on Business and Human Rights Practice 

The European Center for Constitutional Human Rights, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and Tilburg Law School invite applications for an international summer school on business and human rights practice in Nuremberg in July 2023 (on-site only). The summer school is addressed to human rights practitioners and advanced students with prior knowledge on B&HR who pursue/wish to pursue a career in a civil society organization.

Topics the program includes:

  • Human Rights in Business
  • Human Rights Due Diligence
  • Fair Transition
  • Corporate Criminal Accountability

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Date: Monday, 24 July – Friday, 28 July 2023

Venue: Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lange Gasse 20, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany

Fee: 300 EUR (including lunches and refreshments)

Please send your application (short motivation letter and CV) to by 15 April 2023. Successful candidates will be notified and are expected to confirm their participation by remitting the summer school fee.


Past summer schools

FFVT Summer School 2022 “Displacement, Governance and Human Rights”

How has international refugee law evolved, which gaps remain and how can we address them? How are refugees protected in the different regions of Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East? Which challenges are refugees exposed to locally? These and many additional questions are at the core of the FFVT Summer School 2022 “Displacement, Governance and Human Rights”.

The interdisciplinary Summer School is hosted by the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) as a part of “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT) and takes place in Nuremberg, Germany, from 10 to 15 July 2022. Participation is open to Master students as well as PhD candidates, Postdocs and junior practitioners of any disciplinary background. The Summer School deals with the changing configurations of today’s global refugee regimes in different parts of the world and on different levels of governance, providing insights into a plethora of topics:
• the historical emergence of the global refugee regimes, including postcolonial perspectives,
• global, regional, national and local governance and administrative practices,
• social integration,
• education in refugee accommodations,
• analyses of refugee-related discourses and media portrayals of asylum,
• gender and displacement,
• practices of resistance and solidarity,
• multiple actors’ perspectives, including experiences made by people on the move themselves, as well as
• crosscutting issues and research ethics.

The FFVT Summer School places emphasis on interactive learning approaches. In addition to lectures, scholars will provide interactive workshops in order to discuss and reflect on central subjects with the participants. Such input is complemented by a cultural program, an excursion in Nuremberg, the ‘City of Peace and Human Rights’, and a gathering with practitioners working in the field to promote further debate. Finally, the FFVT Summer School also offers time and space for participants to present their own projects as well as enter into discussion with others and thus network.

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Third International Summer School Human Rights Law in Context: Special Focus: Business and Human Rights

From 13 to 16 September 2021, the Center for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) in cooperation with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) will host the Third Summer School on Human Rights Law in context. The focus area will be business and human rights including topics such as human rights due diligence, corporate liability, supply chain responsibility and practical experiences from litigation and companies.

Speakers include inter alia Miriam Saage-Maaß, Markus Krajewski, Claire Bright, Richard Meeran, Christian Schliemann, Barbara Lamprecht and Markus Löning.

Please find the programme here.


From 7 to 10 September 2020, CHREN and ECCHR hosted the Second Summer School on human rights law in context with a focus on business and human rights. Topics included human rights due diligence, corporate liability, supply chain responsibility and the negotiations on a binding instrument to regulate human rights obligations of transnational corporations. Speakers include Robert McCorquodale (University of Nottingham), Daniel Crampton (Independent consultant), Faisal Siddiqi (Rasheed Razvi Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights), Linde Bryk (ECCHR), Markus Krajewski (FAU) and Miriam Saage-Maaß (ECCHR) as well as other practitioners with expertise in the field of business and human rights. The Summer School was organised as a digital event. For details please see the Programme.

The First Summer School took place between 22 and 26 July 2019 in Nuremberg. Speakers included Michael Windfuhr, Deputy Director of the German Institute for Human Rights and others. Please see the programme here.