Summer School
Security and/or Human Rights: The Interface between Security and Human Rights

HRA Summer School
© Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

We are delighted to reflect on a truly international and enriching week at our summer school program, titled "Security and/or Human Rights: The Interface between Security and Human Rights." Held from September 17th to September 21st, 2023, in Urla, Izmir, Türkiye. This event was a unique opportunity for participants from 12 different countries to come together and explore critical issues at the crossroads of security and human rights.

Our global journey began with a warm welcome and an engaging ice-breaking session. It was a fantastic chance for our diverse group of participants to connect, share experiences, and set the stage for an exciting week of cross-cultural learning and collaboration.

Throughout the program, participants experienced thought-provoking lectures by esteemed experts like Rick Lawson from Leiden Law School. The discussions were not only intellectually stimulating but also highlighted the rich tapestry of global perspectives on security and human rights. Learning and fun went hand in hand as participants engaged in lively debates and shared their unique insights during group workshops.

Grigorios Tsioukas, Deputy Fundamental Rights Officer at Frontex, provided a comprehensive look at Frontex's role in protecting human rights while securing EU borders. A highlight of the day was the spirited discussion with UNHCR representatives, offering valuable insights from diverse backgrounds.

Olgun Akbulut from Kadir Has University Law School delved into human rights responsibility for security operations abroad. Participants not only gained a deeper understanding of complex issues but also enjoyed hands-on learning through case workshops and interactive sessions.

As our summer school program concluded, participants from 12 different countries departed with more than just knowledge; they left with new friendships, a broader worldview, and a shared commitment to making a positive impact on the world. The blend of learning and fun created an unforgettable experience that will resonate with them for years to come.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the speakers, participants, and organizers who made this event a resounding success. Your enthusiasm and dedication to exploring these critical issues while fostering a global community of learners are truly inspiring.

Stay connected with us for future updates and opportunities to engage in discussions that bridge cultures and drive positive change in the realm of security and human rights.

For more information about our programs and upcoming events, visit our website.

HRA Summer School 2023
© Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom