Wednesday 23rd May marked the beginning of the 2018 Oslo Diploma Course as part of the Angola Human Rights Project. The Governance Group, in cooperation with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights is hosting twelve participants from Angola for a three-week intensive course on international human rights law. The participants have been selected from various government ministries, civil society and academia in Angola. The three-week programme focuses on international and regional human rights norms and standards and existing mechanisms and challenges in relation to the implementation of these norms and standards. The ODC also addresses particular human rights issues identified as pertinent to Angola. For this year´s course, that includes migration and asylum, trafficking and African human rights instruments. In order to maximize the participants’ understanding, the ODC combines lectures, group challenges and plenary discussions with other hands-on learning approaches. To facilitate a more profound understanding of how human rights may be integrated in the day-to-day running of a society, the course also consists of visits to Oslo-based institutions and organizations of relevance to Norway’s commitments to human rights, at home and abroad. The ODC aims to develop a basic theoretical and practical understanding of human rights. At the same time, the course creates space for discussion and prepares the ground for further cooperation between Angolan and Norwegian individuals and institutions. The course is designed to broaden the participants’ perspectives and enhance their opportunities to integrate both key principles and practical approaches into their daily human rights work in various sectors across state and civil society. The Oslo Diploma Course 2018 was opened by The Governance Group’s Managing Director, Joachim Nahem, at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, before the participants began their lectures on the origins of human rights and the UN human rights system.