Human Rights and Drug Policy Workshop in Hong Kong

Deadline : 01 Aug 2017

financial backer: Human Society Foundation

Study level: Postgraduate

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Human Rights and Drug Policy Workshop in Hong Kong

Deadline: 1 August 2017
Open to: individuals from civil society working in public health, human rights and related fields
Benefits: full scholarship support for the workshop


The Open Society Foundations is seeking applicants for its Human Rights and Drug Policy Workshop in Hong Kong with an aim to focus on the connections between human rights, public health, and drug policy as well as the gap between these principles and practice in the implementation of drug policies in Asia. The workshop will familiarize participants with the international drug control system, regional trends in drug markets (supply, transit, and demand), and comparative case studies of alternative approaches to managing drug use in society as a health and social concern.

The course will also look are recent trends in the Americas and Europe with a critical eye, exploring new and emerging challenges. It is hoped that the workshop can provide insights on how participants may adopt measures to bring enforcement activities and domestic law in line with human rights obligations and explore pragmatic approaches that mitigate the adverse health and social consequences of both drug use and overly punitive drug policies.

The Human Rights and Drug Policy Workshop will be held at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong from October 16 to October 20, 2017.

Course Content:

  • current drug trends, international drug control system, and impacts in Asia Pacific;
  • human rights and drug control;
  • lessons learned and best practices of drug policy in Asia, Europe, and Latin America;
  • public health and harm reduction;
  • women, sexuality, and drug policy;
  • site visits in Hong Kong to harm reduction and treatment centers.


The following are encouraged to apply:

  • government staff working on drug policy and health;
  • individuals from civil society working in public health, human rights, development, journalism, law, public policy, etc., with an interest in drug policy;
  • researchers and junior faculty.

While priority is given to those working on drug policy, no prior knowledge of human rights or drug policy is required to apply.
Individuals from countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia are encouraged to apply.


All finalists for the Human Rights and Drug Policy Workshop are eligible to receive full scholarship support including travel, accommodation (shared double rooms), and meals.


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Area: Asia-Pacific

Host Country: Hong Kong

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