Centre for Human Rights launches its first MOOC

Posted on November 13, 2017


The Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria (UP), in collaboration with UNESCO, developed a massive open online course (MOOC) on the international and African legal framework on freedom of expression, access to information and the safety of journalists.

The course, which will run from 13 November to 18 December 2017, will be hosted on the Canvas Network platform. Enrolment is free of charge and certificates will be issued to participants who successfully complete all the modules.


Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and the Safety of Journalists MOOC

Are you a ...
judge, a judicial officer, prosecutor, lawyer, parliamentarian, academic, journalist, law student, blogger or internet user?

Would you like to learn more about the right to freedom of expression, its legal frameworks, challenges to free speech in the digital age, access to information and the safety of journalists, especially in the African context? If your answer is yes, you are invited to enrol for this free, massive open online course (MOOC) presented by the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at UP in collaboration with UNESCO.

Course instructors

The course consists of five modules and will be led by experts in the field of human rights and freedom of expression, among others:

  • Prof Frans Viljoen
    Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
  • Commissioner Pansy Tlakula
    Former Chairperson, African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information
  • Justice Ben Kioko
    Vice-President, African Court on Human and People’s Rights
  • Mr Frank La Rue
    Assistant Director-General, Communication and Information, UNESCO

Course details

Course date: 13 November – 18 December 2017
Duration: 5 weeks
Commitment: 7+ hours per week
Requirements: None
Course type: Instructor led
Credential: Certificate (free)
Course URL: www.canvas.net/browse/pretoria/courses/internation-freedom-expression

More information


Enrol before 1 December 2017.
Please visit the Canvas Network website to enrol and to read more about this course. 






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