Summer School 2012


On 6-12 August 2012 HRMI is hosting a Summer School designed for young NGO professionals coming primarily from the new EU member states. The purpose of this year’s event is to bring together human rights advocates, civil society leaders and senior students who are interested in EU and human rights law as well as in promoting active EU citizenship and developing effective human rights advocacy campaigns.

The course will introduce the participants to legal EU instruments focusing on Lisbon Treaty and EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and exploring various rights enshrined therein. The lecturers coming from diverse backgrounds will seek to equip the students with the knowledge on the European and international framework of human rights law and will share tips and insights on how these legal instruments could be employed by NGOs in their daily activities. The participants will also be introduced to the best practices – effective advocacy, awareness raising and civic engagement tools and successful campaigns.

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The Summer School is funded by "Europe for Citizens" Programme.

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  • Course Programme

  • The updated and final programme for the course is available to download here.

  • Homework

  • Dear Participants,

    the Summer School is fast approaching and all of you are definitely eager to start preparing your homework – a short film on perception of European Union Citizenship in your home countries. So here is the information you need before you engage in your creative endeavors.

    Subject: Perception of the European Citizenship in my Country

    We would suggest linking the main theme of your film with Lisbon Treaty/Charter of Fundamental Rights. We understand that these topics might seem too complicated for the general public but you do not necessarily need to talk to people in legal terms to fit into the theme. So when asking people’s opinions or narrating your film, please feel free to use “human language”.

    Duration: no longer than 1 minute

    Too much of a good thing is not always good – so please mind the duration limit.  Each of you will be allocated only a very small amount of time for screening and presentation as there will be 30 participants and 30 films. The time limit is imposed to make the experience of watching films short but memorable and exciting to everyone participating.

    Technologies: unlimited

    You may freely use mobile phones, video cameras or any other technologies available to you.

    Genre: undefined

    It could be a documentary, comedy, action thriller, horror film, drama, anime – whatever you like the best. 

    Subtitles: advisable

    Please consider that your colleagues will be coming from variety of European countries and may not speak the same language as you. It is advisable you provide subtitles or, alternatively, you could prepare for an oral interpretation during the presentation of the film.

    Have we forgotten anything? Please let us know if you have any questions – we will be happy to help, because we want this creative exercise to be enjoyable to you rather than stressful. Contact us at or

  • Lecturers and guest speakers


    Associate Professor Mindaugas Jurkynas obtained PhD in political science in 2006 (Vilnius University). He has been employed at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University since 1998.

    Mindaugas did research and lectured at Berlin Humboldt University in 2002-2004, worked as national security and foreign policy advisor for the Prime Minister of Lithuania in 2006-2008 and taught extensively at universities abroad (the University of Bologna in Autumn 2006, the University of Florence in Autumn 2007, the University of Lyon in Autumn 2008, the Technical University of Lisbon in Spring 2009, Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid in Autumn 2009, University of Valencia in 2012 and at the University of Iceland in Summers of 2005, 2007 and 2009).

    Mindaugas Jurkynas published nearly 30 scientific publications and read presentations in several dozens of conferences. He holds Vilis Vitols Award for the year's best article in Journal of Baltic Studies in 2004.


    Dovydas Vitkauskas is a consultant on justice and good governance. With almost ten years of previous practice as a lawyer at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, and an academic background in Lithuanian and English law, Dovydas now advises a number of European governments on legislative and institutional reform of the justice sector, by leading teams of consultant experts and helping implement various activities of the Council of Europe and the European Union. He also frequently carries out training of legal professionals in a variety of countries on human rights and other issues related to good administration of justice.   


    Henrikas Mickevičius has over 30 years of professional experience in judicial and legal practice and teaching/training, democratic and legal reform, promotion and protection of human rights, strengthening of judicial independence and capacity in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and former Soviet Union.  He is recognised international expert in international and European human rights standards, and principles of judicial independence, impartiality, accountability, and efficiency.

    Henrikas is a founding Executive Director of the Human Rights Monitoring Institute in Lithuania and serves as an expert for a number of national and international agencies and bodies, including the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Open Society Institute.

    Henrikas Mickevičius is a former judge, trial attorney and visiting professor at the Vilnius University and Vytautas Magnus University, both in Lithuania. He has been educated in Lithuania, Hungary and the United States.


    Crofton Black works as an investigator at REPRIEVE – a London based NGO that uses law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. At Secret Prisons team, Crofton is responsible for gathering information to support those who have been "disappeared" and detained without trial.

    Crofton studied English and Classics at Oxford University and completed a PhD in the history of philosophy in 2004. Since then he has worked as a freelance translator and researcher. In 2009 he was awarded a Humboldt Fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin, working on the influence of Arabic and Hebrew philosophy on hermeneutic theory in early modern Europe.

    Crofton is also a big fan of reggae music and plays as a DJ in various events.  


    Laurynas Biekša is an associate professor at Mykolas Romeris University, Department for EU and International Law, and practising attorney at the Refugee Department of the Lithuanian Red Cross.

    Lithuanian Red Cross Society is a volunteer-led non-profit organisation based on the humanitarian principles. It was established in Lithuania in 1919 and re-established after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The main objective of organization’s work is to alleviate the human sufferings, to protect life and health, ensure the respect for human dignity without discrimination to nationality, race, religious beliefs or political opinions. Since 1996, it has been providing humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers and refugees.

    Laurynas is one of the leading experts in refugee law in Lithuania with in-depth knowledge of the issues relating to the status of refugees under international and EU law. He actively contributes to the improvement of refugee protection in Lithuania by addressing the most pressing issues in his research and publications and raising public awareness through mass media.


    Gediminas Andriukaitis is a lawyer and the Head of the Lithuanian Center for Human Rights. Gediminas serves as an expert and national coordinator in a number of human rights networks, such as European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and European Network of Legal Experts in Non-discrimination Field, which is managed by Human European Consultancy and the Migration Policy Group (MPG) on behalf of the European Commission.

    For fifth year in a row Gediminas directs a human rights film festival “Ad Hoc: Inconvenient Films”. The mission of this non-profit initiative is to raise awareness on human rights issues around the world and to connect them to those that are present in Lithuania. By screening various ‘uncomfortable’ documentaries the organizers of the festival aim to encourage public debates on human rights issues and ways to address them.

    Despite its non-profit character, “Ad Hoc: Inconvenient Films” can be considered as one of the biggest film festivals in the country and the largest documentary one.


    Birutė Sabatauskaitė, a lawyer and human rights advocate, is currently managing a number of successful human rights advocacy and awareness raising initiatives at the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights.

    Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR) has been working in the field of human rights for nearly two decades. Since its foundation by in 1994 LCHR focused on human rights education and implemented numerous projects and activities in the field. The recognition of equality of persons and principle of non-discrimination has always been the core values of LCHR philosophy.

    Birutė is active in the field of equality and non-discrimination and is the main driving force behind LCHR’s advocacy and awareness raising campaigns targeted at manifestations of intolerance and hatred and discriminative state policies and practises. At LCHR, Birutė has also achieved a considerable success in engaging Lithuanian youth in various activities and events, aiming to promote tolerance and equality.


    Dainius Pūras, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is a renowned Lithuanian expert in the field of child rights, mental health and public health.

    With an MD degree, he teaches a course on psychiatry in public health to students at Vilnius University’s Medicine Faculty and the Institute of International relations and Political Sciences. Among his current assignments is the chairmanship of the Board of the Human Rights Monitoring Institute, Lithuanian Chapter of the Global Initiative of Psychiatry and an honorary chairmanship at Viltis, an association for the care of mentally impaired people.

    Dainius Pūras was one of the founders of the Lithuanian Psychiatric Association and was the first President of this Association in 1990-1992. He initiated the Child Development Centre in Vilnius and Emotional Support Hotline ‘Child Line’ (Lithuania). In 2007-2011 he served a term as a Member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child – a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols by its State parties. He was the first representative from Lithuania elected to one of the UN treaty bodies.


    Margarita Jankauskaitė, a prominent Lithuanian feminist with an academic background in Art Criticism and Humanities, is managing advocacy and educational initiatives at the Center for Equality Advancement (CEA).

    CEA activities present a continuation of the Open Society Fund-Lithuania Women’s programme that was active in 1997-2002. Organization is working with projects on gender and mass media, gender and development, gender and education, violence against women, women‘s oral history, equal opportunities for women and men in EU accession process.

    Margarita is one of the leading Lithuanian experts in the areas of gender representation in media and gender equality policies. An ardent advocate for gender equality, Margarita actively contributes to public debate on gender roles by exposing and addressing gender stereotypes in her articles and publications.


    Karilė Levickaitė is a project manager at the Global Initiative in Psychiatry (GIP) in Vilnius. GIP-Vilnius is a part of GIP Global Organization. It has been operating since 2002 to develop and help implementing various innovative measures and initiatives in the field of mental health. GIP-Vilnius works to develop mental health care strategies that meet the needs of clients of mental health care services and societies. Organization also initiates and supports the improvement of mental health care services.

    As part of its ongoing campaign GIP Vilnius aims at strengthening non-governmental organizations that protect the human rights of psychiatric patients and the intellectually disabled. Organization stimulates new initiatives in human rights and patient's rights protection, creates possibilities for psychiatric patients and the intellectually disabled to influence political decisions, and increase the independence of clients of mental health care services.


    Vladimir Simonko is the co-founder and chair of Lithuanian Gay League. He has long experience of working on LGBT rights in Lithuania, acting as expert and trainer in various national and international projects and actively participating in human rights conferences.

    Vladimir was an organiser of the first Eastern European Conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) in Palanga, Lithuania in 1994 and the annual ILGA-Europe conference in Vilnius in 2007. He was also one of the main organisers of Baltic Pride 2010.

    Vladimir currently serves as member of the Lithuanian Human Rights Coalition and National Equality and Diversity Forum. He has also participated in National Working Groups on European Union anti-discrimination policy and the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All.


    A former journalist Eduardas Platovas holds a Project Coordinator position at LGL since its foundation in 1993.

    Lithuanian Gay League is a national non-profit, non-governmental advocacy organisation, established in 1993, dedicated to fighting homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Through education, support, and representation of the LGBT community, LGL promotes an inclusive social environment for gay men, lesbian women, bisexual and transgender persons.

    Lengthy experience helped Eduardas to gain a strong background and skills in working on LGBT rights in Lithuania and shows his great commitment to human rights in general. Eduardas serves as a national coordinator for Lithuania in EQUAL JUS (European network for the legal support of LGBT rights) project.


    Audrius Lelkaitis is a journalist and a film director. He studied Communications at Vilnius University and has worked for various Lithuanian radio and television broadcasters as a correspondent and news editor. For five years Audrius served as a Head of News Service at the Lithuanian National Television. At the moment he is the director of Baltic Television.

    In 2007 Audrius was involved in undercover BBC News investigation where he pretended to be a ‘migrant worker’ seeking a job in the UK. He discovered a new underclass subjected to deception, systematic underpayment and appalling living conditions. Audrius directed and shooted documentary ‘Sand Generals’ (2006) about the first Lithuanian mission in Afghanistan and ‘Vilnius Ghetto 2009’ (2009) about Romani community in Kirtimai encampment (Vilnius). In May 2010, the Audrius Lelkaitis received a prestigious Vytautas Gedgaudas award by the Lithuanian Journalists’ Union and the National Association of Journalist Creators for his second documentary.


    Dovile Šakalienė is a Programme Director at the Human Rights Monitoring Institute and is in charge of programme development, communications, advocacy and awareness raising campaigns. She received her B.S. in Psychology at Vilnius University, and M.A. in Criminal Psychology at Mykolas Romeris University.

    Dovile incorporates her business consulting (at Mercuri International) and teaching (at Mykolas Romeris University) experience in active human rights work since 2004. Professional and academic interests include children’s rights, rights of vulnerable groups, violence in close relations, ethics and value systems, cognitive information processing, and extremely violent behaviour.

    Among her recent human rights/communication projects are seminar series for the regional media on multiple discrimination issues and numerous annual awareness raising campaigns (e.g. Action Week Against Racism, Human Rights Month) on prevention of discrimination and promotion of equal treatment. She is also the Editor of the HR Infobulletin. From 2011 Dovilė produces and hosts a radio talk show ‚Person to Person‘  at the News Radio, which is devoted to human rights and related issues.


    Barbara Limanowska is an Acting Head of Operations & Senior Gender Mainstreaming Expert at European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). EIGE, based in Vilnius, Lithuania, is a European agency which supports the EU and its Member States in their efforts to promote gender equality, to fight discrimination based on sex and to raise awareness about gender equality issues.

    EIGE’s tasks are to collect and analyse comparable data on gender issues, to develop methodological tools, in particular for the integration of the gender dimension in all policy areas, to facilitate the exchange of best practices and dialogue among stakeholders, and to raise awareness among EU citizens.


    Natalija Bitiukova is a human rights lawyer. Natalija holds LL.M. degree from the Central European University with specialization in Human Rights and European Union Law.

    While working with the Human Rights Monitoring Institute (Lithuania) she was litigating freedom of expression and freedom of assembly cases before the national courts, contributed to the legislative initiatives on protection from domestic violence and privacy issues and was involved in a number of national and international projects on anti-discrimination and empowerment of vulnerable groups.

    Next year Natalija will continue her work with the Open Society Justice Initiative.   


    Dan O’Neill, a Youth and Student Officer at Amnesty International Irish Section, is in charge of the design and implementation of campaign strategy for Amnesty International youth groups throughout Ireland.

    Dan is also responsible for human rights training development, communication with groups and youth engagement. Basing on his rich and successful experience in campaigns and communications gathered in public, private and charity sectors, Dan will be sharing tips and insights on how to effectively mobilise and organize youth for good causes.

    Amnesty International Ireland is the country’s largest human rights organisation with over 15,000 members and supporters. Organization is a part of a global movement of more than 3.2 million people working in more than 150 countries around the world with the sole concern of protection of the fundamental human rights guaranteed to each one of us by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty International Ireland takes part in three global campaigns: against torture and terror, to end FGM and to abolish the death penalty. In Ireland, the organization campaigns on the right to mental health, for the rights of LGBT people, and to educate and involve a Youth Generation of Amnesty International.


    Rūta Mrazauskaitė is a project coordinator at Transparency International Lithuanian Chapter, a non-profit organisation working to fight corruption and promote transparency by engaging government actors and civil society.  

    TILS has developed a number of successful initiatives aimed at educating the public on the harm caused by corruption and influencing government policies and legislation for introduction of measures for greater transparency in public and private sectors. TILS cooperates closely with media, other national and international NGOs, civil society groups, and youth organisations.

    At TILS, Rūta is in charge of initiatives focusing on access to public information, civic engagement and political participation, youth education and awareness raising.


    Andrius Bečys is a Director of Culture Centre ‘In Actio’. Culture Centre “In Actio” was founded in May 2006 in Lithuania as a non-government, non-political, non-religious organisation. “In Actio” focuses on the involvement of young people in active social life; the main target group is youth with less opportunities.
    The mission of the organization is to equip young, creative and active people with skills necessary to develop individual responsibility, initiative and motivation, and to promote Human Rights through social and art initiatives and international cooperation. “In Actio” also seeks to promote intercultural learning, better understanding of and respect for human rights.

    In partnership with other NGO‘s, the Centre organizes and takes part in international youth exchanges and hosts training courses and seminars. “In Actio” has significantly contributed to human rights education in Lithuanian by translating „Compass – A Manual on Human Rights Education with Young People” into Lithuanian language and organizing a number of pilot training courses.


    Lina Vosyliūtė is a Project Coordinator at the National Institute for Social Integration (NISI).

    NISI is a non-governmental organization, which defines its mission as integration of the socially vulnerable groups into society. Organization supports socially vulnerable groups with providing them with opportunities for social interaction, promotes active participation and inclusion of the socially vulnerable within active economic and social activities, and integrates socially responsible businesses as the solution for the local marginalized groups.

    It pioneered a number of successful advocacy and awareness raising initiatives in Lithuania, such as a Living Library, Social Cuisine, Social Taxi, and Young Journalist Programme.

  • Venue

  • The course will be taking place in the conference hall at “Europa Royale” Hotel in Vilnius – this is where the participants will be staying throughout the school.

    A Four star Europa Royale Vilnius is one of the most elegant and romantic Vilnius hotels located in the heart of Vilnius Old Town. The peaceful and historic   composition lies in the splendour of a 19th Century Mansion next to the incumbent monasteries and ancient city fortifications. The eminent old City Gates (Gates of Dawn) are one of the only structures left from the historic city walls.

    The other side of the hotel presents the beautiful architectural landscapes of the National Philharmonija Chamber along with the well preserved City Hall dating back  to the Medieval times. The city's famous landmarks, cosy restaurants, sunny terraces, stylish shopping and cultural offerings are reachable within a walking distance from the Hotel. The architecture of the Hotel preserves the Cultural Heritage of the 19th century, from its walls to its layout. Hotel restaurant Medininkai is the oldest restaurant in Vilnius old town with a Wine Cellar that dates back to 16th century.

  • Application and selection procedure

  • The call for the Summer School on Lisbon Treaty and Human Rights 2012 is now closed. Thank you for applying for the course – each applicant will be notified of the results of the selection process via email by 15 June 2012.

    Selection Criteria and Allocation of Scholarships

    Want to know more on the selection procedure? Here is how your applications will be evaluated and the participants selected.

    First of all we will check whether all the applications meet eligibility criteria for receiving full or partial scholarship. Information on eligibility criteria was available on our website throughout the call and it is still available – please scroll down and you will find it on this page below.

    Please note that every candidate who applied for the School has also applied for full or partial scholarship. That means that each and every one of you, by applying for the course, has already applied for the scholarship – there is no need to apply for it separately.

    Those applicants who, unfortunately, do not meet the eligibility criteria for scholarships, will be notified via email and some of them will be offered to attend the course with no scholarship. In this case, the candidate would have to cover all travel and living expenses incurred and pay tuition fee of 150 euros. Depending on the interest expressed in such offer, up to 10 additional placements may be allocated for the participants coming at their own expense. Such offer will also be sent to some of those applicants, who did meet eligibility criteria but did not qualify for either full or partial scholarship.

    The applications that meet eligibility criteria will be ranked according to such criteria as motivation, experience, skills, academic achievements, leadership qualities. Please note that although we will be assessing the applications received from students, in case of two equal candidates, priority will be given to NGO representatives.

    Now the good part - according to the final ranking, top 20 candidates will be offered full scholarships. Full scholarship covers…well, everything! Attending lectures delivered by leading human rights experts, participating in workshops, having free meals including coffee and biscuits, staying at a cosy hotel in the old-town of Vilnius, and, of course, up to 350 euros reimbursement for your ticket to travel to Lithuania and return home to share all the wonderful Summer School experience with your friends, colleagues, parents, pets and whoever you meet on the streets.

    The next 10 best candidates will be offered partial scholarships which cover all the luxuries described above apart from tuition fee. You will still have your ticket reimbursed and will enjoy a free stay in a hotel, but we will ask you to cover your tuition expenses that consist of 150 euros. It’s not that much for such a great course, is it?

    As you see we will be having a very difficult task of choosing 30 best candidates from a number of quality applications, but we are nevertheless happy to have received so many – thank you all.

    So good luck to you and good luck to us with this challenging task – we will be in touch with you by 15 of June!


    Human Rights Monitoring Institute is currently accepting applications for the Summer School “Using Lisbon Treaty for Building Active Citizenship”.

    The Summer School is designed for young leaders active in civil society and is aimed at directly addressing the subjects of European citizenship, human rights, freedoms and values with the goal of forming connections and sharing good practice examples among EU human rights NGOs thus contributing to stronger and tighter civil society throughout the EU.


    See Summer School Programme

    The School lecturers, professors and experts will come from diverse backgrounds, including active national and international NGOs, human rights institutions, and universities. They will share their expertise related to Lisbon Treaty, European citizenship, human rights, freedoms and values, as well as experience in human rights advocacy and civil society development. The School is organized in partnership with Mykolas Romeris University.


    Vilnius, Lithuania (see more at


    The program is aimed at young civil society leaders - young professionals from EU-based NGOs, who are interested in EU and human rights law as well as in developing effective human rigths advocacy campaigns. Please note that the School is partially supported by Europe for Citizens funding scheme and is designed for empowering EU citizens, therefore only EU citizens, permanent EU residents, persons currently employed/interning/volunteering at an NGO based in one of the EU Member States or students enrolled on the course at a university based in one of the EU Member States are eligible to apply for full or partial scholarship (due to the pending accession to the EU in mid-2013, Croatian residents are also eligible to apply).*


    To provide participants with a solid understanding of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights, notion of European citizenship and to provide participants with the tools for raising awareness and advocating active citizenship in their countries. The School aims at establishing connection among the young generation and youth NGOs from EU Member States. It is expected that 3 to 4 project initiatives/partnerships will be developed in the course of the School.


    6 August 2012 – 12 August 2012 (1 week)


    2.0 ECTS credits + Certificate of Attendance


    A week-long programme will feature intensive classroom instruction with classes conducted by national and international practitioners, professors and experts in the field of EU and human rights law. Classroom instruction will be enhanced by experiential components such as workshops, film screenings, meetings with diverse NGOs and site visits. Classes will take place from 9 am to 6 pm. Official cultural-educational evening programme – until 9 pm each night.

    Instruction language – English.


    Human Rights Monitoring Institute will cover travel costs (up to 350 euros), living expenses and tuition fees for 20 selected participants. 10 additional placements will be allocated for those willing to pay 150 euros tuition fee (travel and accomodation covered by HRMI). The partially funded offer will be sent to the candidates according to the final ranking after the selection process is completed.


    See Application form

    Application forms must be filled in and sent to before 1 June 2012.

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    Before coming to the Summer School the selected participants will have to do their homework: prepare a one-minute film (using any technologies available) on perception of EU citizenship (in the context of the Lisbon Treaty/Charter of Fundamental Rights) in their home countries and present it during the Summer School.


    Contact persons:
    Organisational issues: Meta Adutaviciute, Legal Coordinator at HRMI,
    Content-related issues:  Jurate Guzeviciute, Legal Director at HRMI,

    The school is funded with support from the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

    *Due to high interest into the Summer School expressed from the residents of non-EU countries, we have added several additional placement for candidates willing to attend the School with no scholarship. Such participants would have to cover their travel and living expenses and pay the tuition fee of 150 euros.


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