Perspectives of Research on Human Rights Education

This article overviews some of the available research on human rights education (HRE), subdiving into three main categories: theory of HRE, implementation of HRE, and outcomes of HRE.

Islamic Religious Education in State Funded Muslim Schools in Sweden: A Sign of Secularization or Not?

In Sweden, Muslim schools are financed by the state but run privately. This article describes and analyses the establishment of Muslim schools in Sweden by reference to relevant debates about these schools.

Education about Religions and Beliefs Contributing to Intercultural, Citizenship and Human Rights Education: The Role of the Council of Europe

In this article from the journal "Teaching Citizenship" Robert Jackson explores the inter-relationship between religion and belief, human rights and citizenship education and the role of the Council of Europe.

Youth policy in Moldova

Youth policy in Moldova, is the latest in the Council of Europe series of youth policy reviews. The report is based on a cross-sectoral understanding of youth policy, it focuses on youth policy structures, education (formal and especially non-formal), transition to the labour market and entrepreneurship.

Human rights of Roma and Travellers in Europe

This report presents the first overview of the human rights situation of Roma and Travellers, covering all 47 member states of the Council of Europe. Its purpose is to encourage a constructive discussion about policies towards Roma and Travellers in Europe today, focusing on what must be done in order to put an end to the discrimination and marginalization they suffer.


This monograph was developed by the European Wergeland Centre’s (EWC) as a contribution to the project “A systemic approach to peer violence in educational institutions – model and guidelines”, supported by the Norwegian government through the EEA Grants and carried out collaboratively with the Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Human Rights and History: A Challenge for Education

This publication elucidates the debates surrounding the historical development of human rights after 1945. The authors examine a number of specific human rights, e.g. the prohibition of discrimination freedom of opinion, to consider how different historical experiences and legal traditions shaped their formulation.

Muslim Swim Wear Fashion at Amman Waves on the Internet and Live

When viewed on the internet, the waterslides and pools at Amman Waves look deserted, but when paying a visit they are filled with children, women and men in various kinds of swim wear. At Amman Waves women’s swim wear fashion ranges from small bikinis to swim-suits that cover every part of a woman’s body except the face, hands and feet. In this article these differences in covering are discussed and categorized in relation to Islamic law. It is argued that this variation in swim wear also has relevance for European societies since it shows possibilities for negotiations (agreement) between traditional Islamic ideals and ideals in modern Western societies.

Muslim schools in the Nordic countries

State-funded Muslim schools has since the 1980s emerged in Europe. In several countries, there among the Nordic ones, there has been considerable debate about these schools.

Competences for Democratic Culture

Competences for Democratic Culture - Living together as equals in culturally diverse democratic societies, gives an introduction to the Council of Europe model of competences that an individual needs in order to act as a responsible democratic citizen in culturally diverse societies. The model, developed by the project on “Competences for Democratic Culture” (CDC) consists of 3 sets of values, 6 attitudes, 8 skills, and 3 bodies of knowledge and critical understanding.

European citizenship - In the process of construction - Challenges for citizenship, citizenship education and democratic practice in Europe

This publication reflects on how European citizenship and debates around European identity could help and empower young people to actively contribute to building Europe. It presents the debates and findings of the research seminar entitled "Young People and Active European Citizenship" organised by the Youth Partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission.

Plurilingualism, Democratic Citizenship in Europe and the role of English

This paper aims to reflect on the linguistic equipment or repertoire individuals will realistically require in order to be able to participate in the developing and shaping process of a European polity. It looks at a model of the structure of a European public communicative sphere and explores possible consequences for policies in foreign language teaching in general and the role of English in particular.

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