The Central and Eastern Europe & Central Asia Summer Academy on Business and Human Rights

The (Full) Summer Academy will be held online via Zoom and Big Blue Button online platform and will consist of two parts:

  • Core Summer Academy – 21-27 September 2022 (5 working days i.e. 21-23 September and 26-27 September with weekend break in between)

  • Four webinars held between October and December 2022.


The Central and Eastern Europe & Central Asia Summer Academy on Business and Human Rights (The Summer Academy 2022) is organized by the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business (PIHRB; Polish: Polski Instytut Praw Człowieka i Biznesu) and the Ukrainian Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Ukrainian: Національний юридичний університет імені Ярослава Мудрого) in partnership with the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the CEECA Resource Hub and the CEE Business and Human Rights Association.

Upon completion of the Core Summer Academy, participants will be issued with a Certificate of Participation. Those participants who also take part in a minimum three out of four webinars and write a short paper for the e-publication will be issued the Diploma of the Summer Academy. All sessions of the Core Summer Academy will be conducted in ENGLISH. All reading material and pre-reading material will also be in English.

All four webinars will be held in ENGLISH with simultaneous interpretation into Russian (via Zoom).

The presentations will be shared with participants in both English and Russian.

CEE&CA Summer Academy is free of charge for the accepted participants, on condition that they will participate to a minimum of 90% of classes held.

This is possible thanks to the grant under the Active Citizens – Regional Fund from Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway, through EEA Grants and in-kind contribution provided by the CEE&CA partners, which cover the majority of the organizational costs of the Summer Academy, which are approximately 550 Euro per participant.

However, the admitted participants will be required to pay a small deposit of 25 Euro to ensure that minimum administration costs are covered in the case of their withdrawal before the end of the Core Summer Academy. The deposit will be returned to participants upon completion of the Core Summer Academy.

The CEECA Summer Academy was designed to address the needs of final year students and professionals such as CSR/RBC/ESG specialists, business executives, government officers, lawyers and policy makers, human rights defenders, civil society representatives, researchers, as well as other public- and private-sector practitioners from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries (see section on Recruitment criteria for the list of eligible countries), who are interested and are/want to be actively engaged in business and human rights work and wish to gain a multidimensional understanding of current developments, key issues and possibilities for change to the established models.

We aim at individuals caring for the social good and committed to driving change in their organizations and beyond.

When you attend the CEE&CA Summer Academy on Business & Human Rights, you will be part of a cohort of max. 25 outstanding participants from different countries and sectors.

Additionally, up to 5 reserve list participants will be allowed to participate in the three first days of the CORE part of the Summer Academy. They will not be required to pay the deposit. A statement confirming participation in the theory section of the Core Summer Academy will be issued upon request.


In order to be eligible for the Summer Academy, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a national / citizen of one of the following countries: Countries belonging to the Eastern European States Regional Group in the United Nations and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

  • Have a (very) good working knowledge of English (proved by certificates but self-certification is also admissible. The organizers reserve the right to hold an online interview to verify the English skills of the applicants).

  • Submit an online application form.

  • Send your CV/Resume (in ENGLISH, PDF only) and letter of motivation (in English, PDF only) explaining why you want to attend the course and how you will use the knowledge obtained in the future.

  • Have at least a basic knowledge of human rights confirmed by either attendance of a university course (add a scan of grades obtained to your email), or completing a non-academic course on Human Rights (please add certificate(s) or any other evidence of attendance).

  • Note: It is possible for an applicant to be accepted conditionally. In such a situation s/he will be requested to complete, prior to the Summer Academy, an online course on Human rights organized by the Council of Europe, Amnesty International or the United for Human Rights Platform (Basic Human Rights course is available in several languages incl. English and Russian).

  • All applicants who submit their completed applications on time will be informed about the outcome of their applications via email by August 21, 2022.

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