Since the moment of its establishment the UNESCO Chair has developed and realized a number of projects connected with fulfilling the tasks in the framework of the UN tenth anniversary in the field of education on human rights (1995-2004) and celebration of a number of other jubilees: 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, Geneva Conventions on Protection of Armed Conflicts Victims of 1949.
1. One of the first projects of the chair was the development of the concept of human rights and its introduction into the studying program of the special course “Human Rights Law”. In 2000 the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus approved this program and made the special course “Human Rights” a compulsory one for the students of law faculties of the universities.
2. In 1998 the activity of the chair was closely connected with celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. The republican student contest of the essays on human rights was organized; round-table discussion on “Human Rights and AIDS” was conducted; special issue of the magazine “Belarusian Journal of International Law and International Relations” devoted to the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was published. Members of the chair (teachers and post-graduates of the chair of international law) gave lectures on human rights for teachers of Minsk secondary schools.
3. In 1999 UNESCO Chair initiated holding annual scientific and practical conference “Implementation of International Standards on Human Rights in the Legislation of the Republic of Belarus” with participation of scientists and specialists of law-enforcement institutions. In the framework of this project the chair in cooperation with the Analytical Center of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus has held the conference “Legal Sciences in the 21st Century” (November, 2001); in cooperation with the Belarusian Center of Constitutionalism and the Council of Europe – the seminar “European Standards in the Field of Human Rights and their Implementation in the National Legislation of the Republic of Belarus” (2001); seminars “Banning Capital Punishment in the Republic of Belarus”, “European Standards in the Field of Freedom of Associations and Belarusian Legislation” (2003).
4. In the framework of publishing activities the UNESCO Chair in cooperation with the Information Center of the UN has published “Collection of International Documents and National Legislation on Refugees Rights”; study guides in 2 parts: I part – Human Rights, II part – International Humanitarian Law. In 2002-2003 the chair published study guides “Human Rights and ILO”, “Human Rights and UNESCO”. The Chair was the initiator and one of the founders of scientific magazine “Belarusian Journal of International Law and International Relations” where articles of post-graduates and teachers of the chair of human rights are published regularly.
5. The chair pays special attention to the increasing of efficiency of human rights teaching and for this purpose an independent course “Human Rights” was created (earlier it was a part of the course “International Law”). Moreover, every year contests between students, business games on human rights, modeling of meeting of the Committee on Human Rights are held.
Teachers of the chair make candidate dissertations on human rights.
For example, “International Protection of Child’s Rights”, “Interpretative Function of the European Court on Human Rights”.