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Request for Statements of Interest (SOI)

Human Rights Chair

October 20, 2015

 

Introduction

The East-West Management Institute (EWMI), with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing the Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG) activity, the overall goal of which is to strengthen Georgia’s justice system to ensure due process, judicial independence, and the protection of human rights. A key focus of EWMI-PROLoG is to promote human rights teaching and research at the university level. In order to ensure that human rights research and teaching is improved, EWMI-PROLoG seeks to establish a Human Rights Chair at one or more Georgian universities by providing a teaching and research grant award to selected universities.  The grant will also provide some limited funds for part-time researchers to support the Chair in his/her teaching, research, and outreach efforts.  

Background

The protection of human rights and respect for the rule of law requires a strong legal framework and highly functioning institutions that hold individuals and the government accountable for their actions. The legal framework must be structured to uphold judicial independence and provide equal treatment for all citizens. Institutions must operate in an open and accessible environment where laws and regulations are broadly publicized, widely understood, and fairly applied. Judicial and other legal authorities must be competent and independent in order to effectively protect human rights and the rule of law.

 

One way to help the justice system do a better job of protecting human rights is to help the country’s legal education system produce legal professionals who are more conversant with human rights law.  EWMI-PROLoG’s mapping of human rights law teaching at the university level has revealed that the majority of Georgia law faculties offer courses in human rights law, however, the quality of the instruction and the course content leave room for improvement.  Generally speaking, courses are not taught in a truly interactive fashion and are not substantially case-based.  EWMI-PROLoG also found that there are few opportunities for students to learn human rights law in an “experiential” fashion (such as through moot court exercises and clinical work) and there is little academic research being pursued in the human rights law field.

 

Proposed Activities: (Recipients must at minimum conduct the activities listed below but are encouraged to propose additional activities they think will support the overall goal of promoting human rights.)

1.      Develop and Teach Course on Human Rights Law – The Chair, in consultation with EWMI-PROLoG, is expected to develop and deliver a model law school course covering human rights law at a Georgian law school and should develop a set of written interactive exercises and case-based learning materials to support it.  The course should explore the ideas and concepts that inform human rights law and practice.  The course should not aim to cover the field of human rights exhaustively, rather to concentrate on certain areas of human rights law examining them from a variety of angles (historical, philosophical, doctrinal, etc.).  The course should also include case studies from around the world.  It should introduce students to the most important international mechanisms dealing with human rights cases, as well as describe how domestic mechanisms function in comparison. It should cover such important issues as state compliance and judicial enforcement.  Overall the aim is to provide students with knowledge of the central aspects of human rights law and an ability to understand how the law is being or should be applied in the Georgian context.

The course can be taught at either the bachelors or masters level.  The Chair will develop new written materials to help deliver the course – lesson plans, reading lists, practical exercises, etc.  The course can be delivered as a pilot with the expectation that it will later become a standard course offering.  EWMI-PROLoG will encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between the Chair and EWMI-PROLoG’s own international human rights experts.

2.      Conduct Professor Workshops on Human Rights Law – The Chair, in cooperation with EWMI-PROLoG, will deliver at least two workshops on the newly developed human rights course to interested university professors from around the country.  One goal of these workshops will be to promote the model exercises developed for the course and help other university professors introduce and deliver the same types of exercises at their universities.  Special attention may be given to regional departments and faculty.  If possible, the Chair will work with EWMI-PROLoG’s international human rights experts to deliver these workshops.

3.      Engage in Research and Writing - In consultation with EWMI-PROLoG, the Chair will engage in research and writing on human rights law issues.  This may include field or analytical research.  The Chair should publish at least one significant scholarly article on the topic per academic year but a higher level of academic output is encouraged.  The Chair will ideally promote and oversee other individuals’ research and writing efforts – both students and faculty.  If feasible, the Chair will collaborate with EWMI-PROLoG’s international resource partners in this research and writing.

4.      Public Presentations – The Chair is expected to participate in public discussions, lectures and conferences on human rights law-related issues to raise awareness and highlight needed legal reforms.

5.      Build Strategic Partnerships – The Chair will build strategic partnerships with organizations working on human rights law and policy in Georgia. The Chair should serve as a conduit for the exchange of ideas and information between academia, civil society, and government. 

Human Rights Law Chair Elements

The Chair can be a full, associate, assistant, or even adjunct professor.  The Chair may be provided the ability to hire postgraduate students and pay them on a part-time basis to provide research and logistical support for the Chair’s activities.

 

Eligibility

Any state or private Georgian university having a law faculty that is legally registered under Georgian law may apply.

Duration of Grant

The grant will be 18 months in duration, with a possibility of extension.   

Grant Amount

EWMI-PROLoG will consider university grant funding requests up to $20,000 for an 18 month Chair.  In addition to the Chairperson’s honorarium, project budgets could include an item to support part-time graduate researchers, reasonable office expenses, and indirect cost for the school to support the Chair’s activities.     

Selection Process

EWMI-PROLoG will select the university that will receive the Chair based on the following criteria:

  • The background and experience possessed by the professor put forward for the Chair, taking into account the proposed Chair’s demonstrated interest in and commitment to promoting human rights. (Initially demonstrated by curriculum vitae of candidate and three references for which names and contact information is required.)

  • The university’s commitment to promoting the understanding and application of human rights law and supporting the work of the Chair, both during the grant period and beyond.  This will be demonstrated by describing other human rights law teaching and activities that the university supports, as well as providing proposed cost-share such as, the provision of office space and other tangible support for the holder of the Chair and a plan for supporting the Chair after the end of the 18-month grant period has ended.

  • The activities, studies, and initiatives that the university and Chair intend to undertake with EWMI-PROLoG support.  (This should be provided in the form of an outline or work plan describing how the planned activities will be accomplished.)

  • EWMI-PROLoG reserves the right to fund any or none of the proposals submitted.

 

 

List of Required Documents

 

Interested universities should submit a three-page statement of interest, the CV of the proposed holder of the Chair, a one to two page letter of interest from the proposed Chair expressing why h/she is personally motivated to become Human Rights Chair, contact information for three references for the proposed holder, a program of activities for the holder of the Chair, and a budget itemizing the costs to be covered by the grant and cost share provide by the university.  All documents must be submitted in English. EWMI-PROLoG may require additional information from applicants before making an award.  

 

Competition Timeline

 

Competition Announcement:  20, 2015

Deadline for Statement of Interest Submission:  November 10, 2015

 

Contact Information

 

EWMI-PROLoG is located at 5 Marjanishvili Str 0102 Tbilisi, Georgia, Tel/Fax (995 32) 2505404. The contact person for this competition is Giorgi Vashakidze at (gvashakidze@ewmi.org).  E-mails must have “Human Rights Chair” in the subject line.  Faxed SOI’s will not be accepted.

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