The Global Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the Fragility of Freedom

Deadline: April 13, 2012

The Global Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the Fragility of Freedom will be held at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, March 21-23, 2013. This will be the third Echenberg Family Conference on Human Rights. Before each of these conferences, a Young Leaders Forum is held; Alumni of each Young Leaders Forum become McGill Echenberg Human Rights Fellows and remain active in a vibrant community of human rights professionals around the world. This third conference will provide a unique networking opportunity for like-minded young leaders from around the world, allowing them to engage with each other and work with some of the Conference’s distinguished speakers.

The Young Leaders will address key issues around democratic citizenship, the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, including the violent repression of democracy and economic and social rights, as well as the role of transnationalism, globalization and foreign policy in democracy. Young Leaders will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in human rights advocacy, including in the use of social media and community-building to effect change.

One of the main goals of the International Forum for Young Leaders is to share practical tools and experiences while engaging with these Conference themes.

We now invite applications from young professionals and scholars who can speak to the promotion of democratic issues and human rights, both in their own countries and in the international arena.

The application form is available here.

Applicants must:
– Be under 30 years of age as of July 31st, 2013
– Hold a university level degree (e.g. Bachelor of Arts)
– Have relevant field experience
– Show a commitment to the area of democracy, human rights and/or social justice
– Have excellent leadership skills
– Be able to effectively communicate in English

Applicants with the following experience are urged to apply:
– Journalists, activists/advocates and individuals with significant experience in community level work;
– Individuals who have acted in a leadership position in civil society organizations;
– Individuals with multi disciplinary academic backgrounds and significant field research.


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