Venice, Italy

International Electoral Observers (IEO) Training

when 25 November 2019 - 29 November 2019
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 1250

The course will introduce the students to election observation starting with introductory remarks followed by lectures in plenum on the history of electoral observation, international legal standards, observation methodology and missions functioning.

Work groups, case studies and simulations will actively engage the participants who will look closely into all different steps of an electoral observation mission, from the exploratory phase to selection procedures through its internal functioning, the relations with national authorities, including the electoral management bodies, the local stakeholders and the political actors involved into the electoral cycle and security issues.

Starting with a thorough introduction on the international observation theory and legal standards, the course will analyse the practical life of a short term observer from the selection procedure to the end of the mission including the observation of the polls, the filling of the forms, the reporting system and the code of conduct. The methodology will combine frontal lecturers in plenary, working groups as well as role plays, discussions and simulation exercises.

Participants will also be introduced to the long-term election observation by analysing in depth some of the aspects related to an international observation mission such as working relations, interviewing techniques, media and security.

Course leader

The Global Campus of Human Rights avails itself of a wide range of experts who have trained in the past seven years more than 400 future international electoral observers. In addition, we have included among the pool of experts, presentation from represen

Target group

The course is devoted to those applicants with no experience in election observation or to those observers who have participated to a maximum of two missions as short term observers.

Lectures are conceived for an audience of graduates mainly in Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar who want to address international election observation from a multi-disciplinary approach that will be useful in further engagements on the field.

Course aim

The aim of the training seminar is to deepen the theoretical and practical expertise on election
observation missions in providing participants with practical skills which will be an asset in case of
further applications as international observers.

Fee info

EUR 1250: Enrolment fee comprises:
- Tuition fee
- Coffee breaks on class days
- Lunches on class days
- All reading material and access to our online learning platform
- Certificate of attendance.
EUR 1125: The 10% discount policy applies to the following categories:
- Early birds booking and paying by 12 September 2019
- Previous participants to GC/EIUC training courses
- Alumni from the Global Campus regional masters


Please note that the Global Campus does not offer scholarship at this point in time.