The NHRI Academy brings together senior- and mid-level staff from National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) across the OSCE area for practical training on how to address particular challenges that NHRIs face in their work. It is an annual flagship event of ENNHRI and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

The NHRI Academy provides tailored and practical training for continuing professional development of staff at NHRIs. The week-long event supports exchange of good practices amongst NHRIs and provides a platform for professional networking between NHRIs, ENNHRI, ODIHR, academia, civil society, Human Rights Defenders and other stakeholders.

NHRI Academy 2020: ‘Framing migration from human rights perspective’

29 September – 29 October, Online

In 2020, the Academy will focus on the use of NHRIs’ promotion mandate when framing migration from a human rights perspective. It will analyse NHRIs’ promotion mandate, discuss human rights narrative to migration and include sessions on promoting human rights of migrants to the public and policy makers.

This five week-long online course will provide participants with a toolkit for modern, safe, innovative and human rights-based communication about migration issues. Other topics that are also covered in the programme are related to the independence of NHRIs, including the UN Paris Principles, and gender mainstreaming in the work of NHRIs.

Download the programme. Recordings, materials and other resources from the NHRI Academy 2020 will be made available on this page In November 2020.

NHRI Academy 2019 participants discussing
NHRI Academy 2019 (3 June 2019 - Venice, Italy) / ENNHRI

Past Editions

Dates: 3-7 June 2019
Location: Venice, Italy
NHRIs represented: 26

In 2019, the NHRI Academy centred around strengthening the role of NHRIs in contributing to the implementation of economic and social rights (ESR). Some of the topics covered included: ESR norms, monitoring and evaluation, and communicating ESR.

Group of participants waving at NHRI Academy 2019

Dates: 4 – 8 June 2018
Location: Helsinki, Finland
NHRIs represented: 27

In 2018, the NHRI Academy was focused on the role of NHRIs in legislative reviews and lawmaking and the promotion and protection of the Human Rights Defenders and the democratic space in general.

Participants of NHRI Academy 2018

Dates: 29 May – 2 June 2017
Location: Poznan, Poland
NHRIs represented: 27

In 2017, the NHRI Academy focused on the promotion of human rights in challenging contexts and the role of NHRIs in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Participants of NHRI Academy 2017

Dates: 30 May – 3 June 2016
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
NHRIs represented: 25

In 2016, the NHRI Academy included a focus on issues related to the independence of NHRIs, effective co-operation with civil society organisations, torture prevention and human rights protection in countering terrorism.

NHRI Academy 2015

Dates: 29 June – 3 July 2015
Location: Warsaw, Poland
NHRIs represented: 25

In 2015, the NHRI Academy strengthened the capacities of participants in a range of areas, including gender mainstreaming, the UN Paris Principles, human rights monitoring and engaging with the Council of Europe.

NHRI Academy 2015

Dates: 23 – 27 June 2014
Location: Budapest, Hungary
NHRIs represented: 30

The first NHRI Academy held in 2014 strengthened the capacities of participants in a range of areas, including: gender mainstreaming, the UN Paris Principles, monitoring of economic and social rights and working with UN mechanisms.

Group of NHRI staff


For more information, contact:

Nina Pániková
Human Rights Officer (Capacity Building)