Moscow School of Human Rights


Apt.302, Building 2, Golovinskoye Shosse 8
Moscow 125212
Tel/Fax: +7 (095) 452 05 13
Contact: Anatolii Azarov, Director
MSHR seeks to improve the state of human rights and civil society in Russia through civic education. The school provides professional training courses for secondary school teachers and university professors to help them learn how to "teach democracy" and promote civic culture in the classroom. Since the school's creation in 1994, more than 7,000 teachers have attended these courses. Additionally, staff from MSHR consult with school administrators to devise curricula for civics courses and have published several textbooks and educational films on themes of human rights and government.

The school's board of directors includes several prominent figures from the Soviet dissident movement, such as Larisa Bogoraz and Ludmila Alexeeva. In December 1997, it was a co-organizer (with UNESCO and the Federation Ministry of Education) of the Seventh Annual Conference on Human Rights Education, where participants discussed problems confronting education reform in Russia and strategies for continued teacher training.

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The staff are acknowledged specialists in the field of pedagogics, psychology, sociology, law, political science, social philosophy.
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In the course of the last few years our specialists took part in organizing and arranging of about 15 International seminars and sessions of training teachers to teach human rights, democracy. These seminars were organized with participation of the Council of Europe, UNESCO, Amnesty International, Canadian Fund of Human Rights and other organizations. More than 6,000 teachers have been trained at these seminars and sessions.


  1. Introduction In Legal Studies. Manual for schoolchildren (9-11 forms). By S.S. Alekseev
    Moscow School of Human Rights, 1996.- p.82
    Experimental teaching aid. It highlights the aspect of Law in modern democratic society. The approach used in the teaching aid, differs from the one valid in the Soviet period. In most of high school institutions the subject was taught in accordance with the state regulations of Law. The goal of the teaching aid is to give the secondary school graduate students the basic information of the modern Law aspects. The book will be of interest of students and pupils.

  2. History of Human Rights Movement By L.M. Alekseeva
    Moscow School of Human Rights, 1996.
    The book acquaints pupils with the history of Human Rights Movement from its beginning to the end of 1995. The author wants her readers to understand the heroic efforts of the human rights pioneers and to understand and aid humans rights in present Russia.

  3. Teenagers: Crime And Punishment By Y.K. Alexandrov
    Moscow School of Human Rights, 1996.
    The book offers basic information on criminal law and criminal process. It is presented in a lively way by including problems, questions, responses, and examples. It is meant for pupils of senior forms of secondary school.

  4. Know Your Rights By O.O. Antropov and R.R. Maksudov
    Moscow School of Human rights, 1997.- p. 126.
    This manual shows the problems and provides ways of overcoming the lack of rights protection education for teenagers. The book will be of interest to pupils of senior forms.

  5. Human Rights. Knowledge for All By A.Y. Azarov
    "Znaniye" RF association, 1995.- p. 252
    The book describes the program of the course, plans of lessons, essential international and national norms on specific rights and freedoms. The book brings together some of the most important international instruments in the field of human rights, their adaptation in the Constitution of Russia and main norms of branches of law. The book is designed for teachers, pupils and general public.

  6. Human Rights. Manual for Teachers. By A.Y. Azarov and T.V. Bolotina
    MRAETI Publishers, 1994.- p. 207
    The book is a comprehensive collection of the program of the course, plans of lessons, essential international and national norms on specific rights and freedoms. Active forms and methods of teaching are recommended: role and business games, analysis and conflict solving, methods of work with legislation, questions to get pupils interested in the material. The manual offers tests to control level of knowledge. The book is designed for teachers of senior forms.

  7. Human Rights And Status of a Person: History And Modern Time. Manual for teachers. By A.Y. Golovatenko
    Moscow School of Human Rights, 1996 .- p. 63
    The manual is addressed to school history teachers as well as to all teachers who deal with legal education of schoolchildren. The book contains the material to be used in history, civic education and legal studies lessons. The reader will find the information on pre-history and history of human rights, how a prison's status has been changing since the Ancient world, Antique, the Middle Ages and until modern Times.

  8. The freedom of conscience. History of religion. The program. The legal acts. Documents By A.N. Ioffe
    Moscow School of Human Rights, 1997. p. 42
    The collection of materials is intended for an average and higher degree of secondary school. The program includes three blocks which are "Mythology", "World peoples' religions" and "Religion science". Teaching the course gives a rather complete information on religious conviction, bringing up tolerance to representatives of various creeds, promoting shaping of representations about spiritual life of the peoples. International and Russian norms, governing problems on the freedom of conscience, documents on a history of religious relations in USSR, are cited.

  9. Culture of Communication or Art of Dialogue. The program of moral upbringing schoolchildren. By V.N. Malisova
    Moscow School of Human Rights, 1996.
    Educating respect for human dignity through culture of communication. For teachers of primary school and educators.

  10. Concept and Program of the subject "Civic Education" By A.F. Nikitin
    Moscow School of Human Rights, 1996.
    The manual is designed for teachers of general education institutions. Civic education is represented as one of upbringing and training work strategies combining elements of political, legal and moral education.

  11. Working Notebook in Law. By A.F. Nikitin
    Moscow School of Human Rights, 1996. - p.77
    The book offers materials on problems of human rights and freedoms, respect of law, tolerance and equality of people. For pupils of 7-8 grades.

  12. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child : the program and materials of the special course. By Z.K. Shnekendorf
    Moscow School of Human Rights, 1996.- p.153
    This publication, for the first time in educational process of higher school, proposes training programs and curriculum wherein statistical material and facts are concrete problems. The book offers recommendations on procedures and methods of teaching the course. The recommended program for primary school is given. The original texts of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other legal materials are included. The publication is for teachers of primary forms, students of pedagogical institute, colleges and families as well.

These publications can be ordered through the Moscow School of Human Rights.
Address and contact information provided at the top of the page.

Description updated: June 1997
Address updated: February 1999

A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).

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