The International Human Rights Law in Argentina program is now one of our most popular programs taking from the feedback of previous participants. Grab the opportunity to embark on this once in a lifetime opportunity in Argentina before you’ll find it hard to secure a spot on this program.
The program aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to enable a critical analysis of complex problems such as judicial independence, transnational justice, military dictatorship and amnesty laws in Argentina.
The program will give you an understanding of the history of Human Rights abuse in Argentina over the last 40 years. The classes will provide you with an overview of the key international actors involved, as well as the international conventions and resolutions currently in place. The program will also look at what barriers to freedom of expression Argentina has faced over time. It will cover topics such as police abuse - specifically use of excessive force - and prison conditions.
This intensive and dynamic program will involve academic classes, cultural activities and site visits. The visits add a rich cultural element to the program by giving students a chance to appreciate in context some of the issues discussed in class. Details for the site visits are yet to be finalised, but it is likely to include:
- Former clandestine detention centre
- La Poderosa visit (shanty town)
- Remembrance park (Parque de la Memoria)
- Visit to Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo)
- Weekend trip to Iguazu Falls (domestic flights included in the program fee)
** Details to the program are still subject to final change **
Module I: Introduction to Argentina's human rights history
Introduction to Argentina’s current history and an approach of Justice Federal System in Argentina:
- The bombing on Plaza de Mayo
- The 1966 coup. Ongania and the Bureaucratic Authoritarian State. The Doctrine of National Security
- The Trelew Massacre in 1972
- The actions of the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance since 1973
- Isabel Martinez de Peron's "annihilation decrees"
- Operativo Independencia (Operation Independence)
- The 1976 coup: the "National Reorganisation Process". The systematic use of State Terrorism. Economic and social transformations.
Module II: Human Rights Violations in Argentina
- Genocide and crime against humanity
- The Condor Plan
- Who are "the disappeared"
- CONADEP (National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons) and Trial of the Juntas
- Amnesty laws
- Repeal of amnesty laws
- Trials at the Federal Tribunal
Module III: Memory, Truth and Justice
- Human Rights organisations; the key role of NGO's
- Memory program
- Transnational justice
- Judicial independence
- The Inter-American recognition of the right to truth
Module IV: Current critical topics in Human Rights violations (arbitrary detention, urban violence and the situation in the penitentiary system)
- The penitentiary system: extreme conditions of detention, prison overcrowding and police abuse.
- Urban violence
- Disappeared in democracy: Miguel Bru, Luciano Arruga, Julio Lopez, Marita Veron, etc.
- Arbitrary detention and police violence. The cases of Walter Bulacio and Santiago Maldonad
- Sexual slavery
- Other topics: rights of migrant persons; economic, social and cultural rights
Universidad Nacional de Lanús
The National University of Lanus is a public institution, which has been providing higher education since 1995.
The University is located 30 minutes away from downtown Buenos Aires. The campus of the National University of Lanus is one of the largest green areas in the region and it allows students to experience a much wider contrast of the country where mixed European and Latin American meet in order to study different courses.
This environment enables students to combine activities in downtown Buenos Aires with the quietness and safety of the University.
The university is part of an ambitious national education project aimed at promoting quality academic offer. The project seeks to foster higher education in the suburbs of Buenos Aires allowing more people to get involved with the University’s community. Thus, its foundation enabled to improve the local area where the campus was recently set. As a result, the University currently has 14.000 students and is still increasing in numbers.
It combines academic excellence with individual assistance all in a green-friendly environment so students can make the most of their experience in Buenos Aires.
“International Human Rights Law in Argentina was an amazing experience. Our teacher was fantastic – she was so accomplished and was so knowledgeable about the topic. We were also given the opportunity to meet a number of people that most aren’t able to access: we met some prosecutors from the major Human Rights trials ongoing in Buenos Aires, and we visited CELS, an NGO.”
- Rhiannon Taverner, University of Adelaide
Students will be staying in same gender shared rooms at Art Factory Guesthouse in the Recoleta area of Buenos Aires. Recoleta is a safe and central area. Further details will be posted shortly.
Argentina is a vast natural wonderland, with the Iguazu falls in the north to the Glaciar Perito Moreno in the south. It is full of stunning sights and adventures just waiting to be experienced.
Tango and Futbol (soccer) are things that the Argentines are passionately devoted about. Food is also a culinary journey within Buenos Aires especially; there is a variety of ethnic cuisine from Southeast Asia and Middle Eastern to Scandinavian. Juicy and perfectly grilled steaks are big on the menu, with Parillas (Steak Houses) everywhere.
The city of Buenos Aires, which is located on the banks of the famous River Plate, is undoubtedly the big cosmopolitan entrance to South America. It is a metropolis with boundless energy combining tradition and innovation in its architecture, fashion and art. Like Europe with a melancholic twist, Buenos Aires is unforgettable.
Rounded by its legendary pampas, Buenos Aires gives room to a third of the 40 million Argentineans. Those who decide to study in Buenos Aires will also be able to experience the city: tour its elegant streets and avenues with Parisian 19th century-architectural style, get to know its neighbourhoods and suburbs where all the identities are linked with some national passion such as tango, soccer and politics.
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
The application process for this program are as follows:
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.
3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.
7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.
8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.
9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.
10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 6th May 2019.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
For more information, see our . Alternatively, you are welcome to or . Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.