Expert meeting Human Rights Education for Psychologists
October 9-11, 2016 at the EIUC Secretariat in Venice, Italy

Human Rights

All over the world, people are struggling for a life that is fully human, a life worthy of human dignity. Countries and states are often focused on economic growth alone, but their people, meanwhile, are striving for something different: they want meaningful human lives
(Nussbaum, 2012).


Human Rights and Psychology is a two-way traffic: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) as a foundation for the promotion of well-being of humanity can be an immense inspiration for psychologists. The core principles of the Universal Declaration are human dignity, freedom and inclusion. The principles formulated in the EFPA Model Code are in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and imply a professional societal responsibility and a strong commitment to Human Rights. Given their knowledge and experience, psychologists have a special responsibility.

The expert meeting will focus at the contribution psychology can make to Human Rights. It aims at contributing to a Human Rights based and oriented psychology, as well as at conceptualization and positioning of psychology among other relevant disciplines, especially international law.

This is a Closed Expert Meeting (participation by invitation only).

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Feedback from the 2016 Expert Meeting Human Rights Education for Psychologists - Venice, Italy

Human rights awareness is on the radar of most psychologists. However, there is still a lot of room for improvement. With that in mind, this expert meeting on Human Rights Education for Psychologists, was jointly held by the European Federation of Psychologists Association (EFPA), the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in October of 2016, as a step towards the development of a structured and integrated training and learning programme on human rights for psychologists.

A structured human rights education curriculum may guide psychologists in applying a human rights approach to their professional conduct, ethical codes and scientific practices. To achieve these key competences and skills for psychologists to become better human rights defenders and promoters within their professional setting were identified in the framework of this meeting.

Interested to learn more about the outcomes of this meeting?

The Expert meeting "Human Rights Education and Fundamental Rights Awareness for Psychologists" report will be made available soon!


Our Mission

It is our ambition to achieve the following goals:

  • Professional psychologists accept and realise Human Rights as a normative standard for their professional behaviour.
  • Psychologists and their professional organisations take a public position as professionals condemning any Human Rights violations.
  • Professional psychologists publicly intervene if they have the opportunity to foresee the negative consequences of certain kinds of public action and threats of Human Rights violations.
  • Psychologists offer their support to alleviate the consequences of Human Rights violations if their professional knowledge and expertise can significantly contribute to a reduction in the negative consequences of such violations.

These goals will be achieved, among others, through education of psychologists about Human Rights, one of the core issues for the EFPA Board Human Rights & Psychology.



We thank all the sponsors for their generous support to this important event.

  • FRA - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • The IAAP - International Association for Applied Psychology
  • NPF -  Norsk psykologforening (Norwegian Association for psychologists)
  • and many others




How can you donate?

Since this important event and its outcomes are self-financed, we are herewith kindly asking for support to cover the costs. Any amount is welcome and all donors will be invited to have their name mentioned on the website and in the published outcomes of the meeting.

Donations for the establishment of this expert meeting can be made by following this link to our online funding campaign:Funding Campaign