A. Preparatory work
1. Examine the normative and political foundations of the concept of human security and work out the edit value of human security.
- What is the place of human security in international law?
- How does human security change traditional concepts of security?
- What effect has the concept of human security on the legal, political, and military international order?
- How does human security affect the sovereignty of states?
2. Compare the various definitions of human security and analyze the necessity of a common understanding to ensure the continuity of human security.
3. Define the position of the ETC in the international human security agenda through presenting our understanding of the concept of human security and communicating our competences.
B. Research and training activities
1. Work out the role of human rights, democracy, the rule of law, and governance building for the concept of human security.
- What is the relationship between human rights, seen in its entirety of three generations, and human security? Are human rights a part of human security or vice versa?
- How can human security enhance the interaction of democracy, the rule of law, and governance building?
- What are the preconditions for building a culture of peace, security and human rights as components of human security?
2. Establish human rights education and learning as a key strategy for enhancing human security.
- How can we make human rights education and learning a broad-based, long-term and pro-active strategy for human security?
- What is the role of cultural plurality in this respect?
- What is the role of civil society in human rights education and learning?
3. Establish post-conflict measures as a fundamental component of the concept of human security.
- How can we consolidate our knowledge in the field of post-conflict situations?
- How can we promote a culture of human security in post-conflict situations globally and in Europe, e.g. South East Europe?
- How can we use knowledge of post-conflict situations to enhance human security by conflict-prevention?
4. Examine the relevance of the local level for human security.
- What relevance does the local level have to implement the concept of human security?
- What can the contribution of the local level to conceptualize human security be?
- How can we establish a network of local areas to enhance human security by their joint efforts?
5. Work on a European perspective of human security.
- What does human security in the European context mean? What are the threats and concerns?
- In which way is human security implemented in European organizations, e.g. European Union or OSCE, and in the foreign policies of European countries?
- How can we develop a European human security perspective? Which partners do we need?