Workshop on Human Rights Advocacy for Early Career Researchers

We are delighted to announce the third in a series of workshops for early career researchers the organized in partnership with the Center for Research and Graduate Education at the German-Kazakh University. The workshop will focus on how researchers can engage in policy and human rights advocacy and consist of two sessions.

The workshop will led by Steve Swerdlow, Associate Professor of the Practice of Human Rights, at the University of Southern California. Mr. Swerdlow is a human rights lawyer and expert on Central Asia. He was Senior Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch, heading the organization’s work on Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and founding its Kyrgyzstan field office. He has worked as a consultant with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

This first session of the workshop will be on 29 September at 21:00 Almaty time. The second session will be on 6 October, also at 21:00 Almaty time. The workshop will be held on Zoom and be in English. Participants must be fluent in English. The seminars are open to any researcher working on or in Central Asia.

The deadline for applications is 24 September.

To apply, please download and fill out this application form. Send the completed form (Word or PDF) to both and