July 15, 2009. Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) represented by the rector, academician V.M. Filippova, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MGIMO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia) represented by the rector, academician A.V. Torkunova and the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU) represented by the rector E.I. Brewer, with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), signed a cooperation agreement on the creation of a joint master’s program on human rights. A consortium has been created to implement this master’s program, International Protection of Human Rights, which brings together relevant universities.
In 2013, the Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University (KFU) and Perm State National Research University (PGNIU) joined the Consortium.
In 2015, Voronezh State University (VSU), Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin (Ural Federal University), the Humanitarian University (Yekaterinburg) and the Ural State Law University (USLU).
The program is implemented by the Consortium of Russian Universities with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The role of OHCHR is to ensure effective program management, partners' access to best academic practice, international expertise and human rights resources.
OHCHR continues to assist the Consortium in uniting the efforts of the Consortium members and in developing international cooperation, including the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC) - the Venetian Consortium (Italy), which unites 41 European universities. The Venice Consortium provided invaluable assistance in shaping the content of the curriculum and determining the methodology for teaching academic disciplines.
The Venetian Consortium provides support in selecting candidates from well-known foreign experts in the field of international human rights law, who as visiting professors give lectures to undergraduates of Russian partner universities in the Consortium and provide quotas for the participation of undergraduates from Russian universities in the Consortium in summer schools on human rights, organized annually by the Venice Consortium.
With the assistance of the OHCHR, the Interuniversity Resource Center for Human Rights was established at the base of the Department of International Law of the RUDN University. Similar resource centers were established in a number of partner universities in the Consortium: KFU, USLU, PGNIU and VSU.
At present, the Russian University Consortium is completing an important stage in “capacity building” and intends to expand the membership, including by including universities of the CIS member states.
The Master program is widely supported by the institution of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, who on a permanent basis cooperates with the Consortium under the Agreement. The document provides for the exchange of information materials, joint Russian and international scientific, practical and educational activities, the organization of internships for students of the program in the Office of the Commissioner. Key aspects of the interaction between the Commissioner and the Consortium, including the organization and conduct of research and practice-oriented activities for students of the master's program, are reflected in the annual report of the Commissioner for 2016, published on May 17, 2017. The offices of the regional Commissioners for Human Rights also provide support Master's Program in Human Rights Consortium.
On December 17, 2016, with the support of the OHCHR, a scientific and practical conference dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the International Covenants on Human Rights was held at RUFN. The event took place on the basis of the decision of representatives of the universities-members of the Consortium of Russian Universities, jointly implementing the master's program “International Protection of Human Rights”. The conference was attended by over 150 people, including 19 doctors of science and 37 candidates of science from 35 universities and research institutes, including 25 foreigners from 19 states.