Over 8,000 Enrolled in the UNESCO-Oxford Massive Open Online Course

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Guilherme Canela
Chief of UNESCO’s Section on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists

Over 8,000 participants have signed up for the newly launched multilingual UNESCO-Oxford Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for judicial actors, which is focused on international standards on freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.

UNESCO and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford launched a new version of the globally accessible, multilingual MOOC aimed at judicial actors on May 29, 2023. The course expands upon the success of the previous joint UNESCO-Bonavero Institute MOOC on freedom of expression, which was delivered in English in 2021.

This version of the course has been designed to cater to a global audience of judicial actors. It offers allmodules in the six UN languages (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian) as well as Portuguese with the objective of enhancing the knowledge and capacities of participants on international and regional standards on freedom of expression, access to information and the safety of journalists.

According to Guilherme CanelaChief of UNESCO’s Section on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists, “Freedom of expression and the safety of journalists are facing global challenges. Judges and other judicial actors can play a central role in protecting these freedoms, thereby strengthening the rule of law and fundamental rights. We are delighted to collaborate once again with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights of the University of Oxford on this new version of the MOOC, which is offered in multiple languages and seeks to reach a global audience.”

The course comprises five modules covering: the general principles and scope of freedom of expression, limitations on the right to freedom of expression, the right of access to information, the safety of journalists and challenges posed by the digital world. 

Each module includes accessible background materials, comprehension quizzes and a forum for further discussion, along with a pre-recorded webinar.

After a successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion jointly issued by UNESCO and the University of Oxford.

Judges, prosecutors, lawyers and other judicial actors are invited to participate.

The deadline for the completion of this course is July 14, 2023. For further information concerning this, please visit https://www.unesco.org/en/articles/over-8000-enrolled-new-course-judicial-actors-freedom-expression