The IPPFoRB Academy is a unique and interactive residential training course for parliamentarians providing capacity building in the field of freedom of religion of belief.

The training provides input from leading experts including academics, lawyers and practitioners that guide and widen the freedom of religion or belief knowledge base of parliamentarians involved with the help of tailored-made courses, case studies and in-depth discussions. The aim is to equip parliamentarians with the technical knowledge and practical skills to be advocates for freedom of religion or belief in their own context.

Drawing on leading experts and high level guest speakers, the courses are tailored to meet the learning and developmental needs of parliamentarians. The courses consist of formal lectures as well as more relaxed one-to-one tutorials and small group work. In addition to learning from leading international experts, participants also benefit from an excellent opportunity to network and learn from fellow peers and to share experiences and best practice.

These courses run several times a year in the university town of Oxford, England but can be organised in any location around the world. Register your interest to join one of our training courses or to discuss your own learning needs.

The IPPFoRB Academy is held in English, so fluency in the language is required of all participants.

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The IPPFoRB network has bought a number of us together to bring about a change in this field. Together, we can solve FoRB issues around the world.
— Mohammedali Yaseen Taha MP, Kurdistan Region of Iraq
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ACADEMY speakers and contributors:

Dr. Ahmed Shaheed
UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Lecturer, School of Law, University of Essex

Baroness Elizabeth Berridge
Member of the British House of Lords and IPPFoRB Steering Committee member

Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz
Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)

Amro Hussain
Senior Parliamentary Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Freedom of Religion or Belief (APPG)

Gavin Shuker
Labour & Cooperative MP for Luton South, United Kingdom

Dr. Nazila Ghanea
Associate Professor of International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford and Associate Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub

Dr. Peter Petkoff
Senior Lecturer, Brunel University; Director of the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme, Regents Park College, Oxford; and Managing Editor of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion

Baroness Caroline Cox
Member of the British House of Lords and CEO of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART)

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