Knowledge Steez Free Online Course on Corporate Social Responsibility

About the Course:  Knowledge Steez is offering a certificate course on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The purpose of this Certificate Course is to provide students, Lawyers, NGOs, International Organizations and Governments ,  an experience-based, integrative exposure to this emerging and dynamic field of business practice.   CSR certificate course is a first of its kind; it blends both legal and management dimensions of CSR.

Eligibility Criteria: Appearing Graduates/Graduates/ Post Graduates in any field/Corporates/NGO Professionals/ Government Employees

Selection procedure: Admissions open and will be on first come first serve basis. (30 Seats Only)

COURSE FEES : Free Course
Certificate : Free Online Certificate
Hardcopy Certificate : 500 INR only
REGISTRATION PROCESS:Step 1: Interested applicants are required to visit the page 2:   Please Message  your Name, Address, E-mail ID and Contact Number to the facebook page of knowledge steez

 After receiving the  message on our Facebook page our team will confirm the registration and provide you with a registration receipt and enrollment number.

Important Dates

Last Date for Enrollment : 10th  December  2015.·         Study Material dispatch soft copy: 20 th December.

·         Course Starts at: 22nd December 2015.

·         Exam Date: 1st week of February 2015.

·         Result Declaration 3 week of February 2015.

Free online course on Human Rights

About this course

Course Summary

Human rights are a complex issue. Their protection and promotion involve a number of actors: from international organisations to local communities, from governments to civil society. Human rights affect all aspects of our life, as individuals (as women, men, children, refugees, workers…) and as members of a community. This MOOC provides students with critical knowledge concerning the norms, institutions and procedures tasked to promote and protect human rights. Students will acquire the knowledge needed to actively join the global debate on fundamental rights and to avail themselves of the existing legal and institutional tools set up for their implementation. The MOOC introduces to the human rights legal framework in a multi-disciplinary and multi-level perspective, helping students to approach real-life scenarios with competence and cultural and ethical awareness.

What do I learn?

Students are expected to acquire a sound knowledge of the international system of human rights protection, and of the opportunities for human rights promotion and protection that are practically available at the national and local levels. The skills acquired can be preparatory for further specialisation on this subject. Finally, students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge and skills to real scenarios, including in relation to their everyday life.

What do I need to know?

The MOOC is mainly addressed to people from all over the world who have a background in political science, international relations and/or international law. The course, however, includes a general introductory chapter explaining the main issues, concepts and scenarios at stake. For this reason the MOOC is also open to people actively engaged on the ground that do not have a specific academic or educational background.

Course Structure

Chapter 1 – The basics The Chapter aims to introduce the course and starts addressing (and providing some preliminary answers) some basic questions: What are human rights? Who is involved in their protection? Why are human rights a global priority? How can effectively be protected?

Chapter 2 – The UN and human rights The focus is on the evolution of the UN commitment in human rights protection based on three pillars: positivisation, monitoring and mainstreaming.

Chapter 3 – The UN human rights machinery The analysis deals with the UN mechanisms for the protection of human rights at the global level. Special attention will be given to the role of the Human Rights Council and the Universal Periodic Review.

Chapter 4 – The European system for the promotion and protection of human rights The Chapter starts looking into the promotion and protection of human rights at regional (continental or sub-continental) levels. In particular, the European system will be presented highlighting the respective roles of the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the OSCE and their capacity to interplay and possibly complement each other.

Chapter 5 – Regional systems for the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa, Asia and the Americas The other regional systems investigated in this chapter are those operating in the framework of regional organisations in the Americas (the Organisation of American States), in Africa (the African Union), in the Arab world (the League of Arab States), as well as in South-East Asia (the ASEAN).

Chapter 6 – Human rights in conflict and post-conflict contexts The focus shifts to the national level, in particular to situations of armed conflict and to post-conflict scenarios. Issues related to the standards and procedures of International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law are also tackled.

Chapter 7 – Human rights promotion and protection at the National and sub-national level This Chapter addresses a number of issues related to the role of National Human Rights Institutions and other actors involved in human rights policies nationwide and at the local/community levels, such as local governments and municipalities.

Chapter 8 – The driving forces of human rights promotion: the role of civil society The Chapter focuses on civil society organisations and networks. The analysis looks into the multifaceted strategies carried out by non-state actors, especially in relation to the international instances of human rights protection.

Chapter 9 – Conclusions: perspectives on global human rights A summary and discussion of the multi-level dimensions of human rights protection dealt with in the previous chapters. This final segment provides some closing critical reflections on the questions set forth in Chapter 1.

Mid –term homework At the end of chapter 4, the instructions for homework will be released: homework must be submitted by the end of chapter 6 (2 weeks). Homework consists of writing a communication or a petition addressed to one of the monitoring bodies studied in the first four chapters. The aim is to familiarise students with the tools of human rights protection mechanisms. The texts will be evaluated using a peer review methodology.

Final homework At the end of chapter 8, the instructions for homework will be released: homework must be submitted in 2 weeks. Students will be asked to write, using a simplified form, a project addressing a human rights related issue that is challenging their town, territory, home country and likely to be taken up by governmental or non-governmental agencies.

Within each chapter, the MOOC offers tailored case-studies, interviews with field experts, officers and academics.


Approximately 4 hours per week for watching video lectures, taking quizzes, completing homework and reading the material provided.

UNIPD Founded in 1222, the University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning: it is a multidisciplinary university, which aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. A qualification from the University of Padova is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, one that is recognised and coveted by both students and employers alike.

If you want to know more about the University of Padova, visit its website.

HRC The Human Rights Centre of the University of Padova is the first established (in 1982) specialised structure dedicated to human rights in the framework of an Italian University, and one of the oldest in Europe. The Centre hosts the UNESCO Chair in Human rights, democracy and peace – its chair-holder being prof. Antonio Papisca – and the European Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Intercultural dialogue, human rights and multi-level governance. It edits the Italian Yearbook of Human Rights and manages the Archive Peace Human Rights, a web portal on human rights funded by the Region of Veneto.

The Centre supports the master’s degree in Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance at the University of Padova, and the postgraduate courses of the EU-backed EIUC (the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice).

Learn more about the Human Rights Centre of the University of Padova.

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Free Certificate Course on Political Philosophy: An Introduction

About this course

Course Summary

This course is designed as a vocabulary of the main terms used by all of us when talking about local as well as world politics; terms which we often use without a proper awareness of their meanings and connections, a circumstance not exactly helpful to any attempt at understanding how politics really works, regardless of our wishful thinking or simplistic morality or easy cynicism.

Now, if we want to get deeper into the workings of politics – the only serious starting point for those who want to reform it – we must agree to begin with very abstract notions, that is with the general definitions of what politics, conflict, power (incl. force/violence), and what legitimate power mean (Part 1: What is Politics?). On these premises we will then explain the still main political institution, the state, and peer into the dynamics of war and peace that has dominated the relationships between the states (Part 2: How Does Politics Work?). Since with economic globalization, which has restricted the room for political action, things are getting much more complicated on the planet, and more challenging outside of it (man-made climate change starts in the atmosphere), classical notions have to be rethought. The very nature of the threats endangering our global commons does not leave the definition of politics (Part 3: World Politics and the Future).
This course does not aim at communicating any ‘message’ as to how politics ought to be, but it will obviously try to clarify the main concepts – freedom, equality, justice – we make use of while talking about values and principles in politics; this is what is called ‘normative political philosophy’ and is regarded here as an important chapter of political philosophy, not the whole of it (Part 4: Ethics and Politics).

What will I learn?

At the end of the course you may have achieved a clearer and less confused awareness of the political vocabulary, thus gaining a more complex, more autonomous and more critical understanding of political processes. If you are a student of political science, law, sociology and economics you may get better tools for catching the overarching sense of processes that you do otherwise approach in a fragmented perspective.

What do I have to know?

Due to my conceptual approach, to follow this course you do not need a prior knowledge of philosophy or political science, just the degree of general culture needed to pass the final high school exam, be it Abitur, maturità, baccalauréat or 高考(gao kao).

Course Structure

Chapter     Topic
Chapter 1        Aim and method of the course. General information. Two definitions of politics.
Chapter 2        Disassembling the classical definition, and its components: Conflict, (Legitimate) Power, Force.
Chapter 3        Questions about power. A word on political philosophy.
Chapter 4        The subjective side of politics, legitimacy, political identity and political obligation.
Chapter 5        Political order, political institutions, models of order: From Aristotle to Hegel.
Chapter 6        The (modern) state. Basic thoughts on democracy.
Chapter 7        The states: Power, peace, and war in the anarchical society.
Chapter 8        Globalization and global governance.
Chapter 9        Global challenges and politics after modernity.
Chapter 10        Liberty and equality.
Chapter 11        Justice.
Chapter 12        Ethics and politics in modernity.


My teaching method aims primarily at defining and discussing concepts, not at illustrating authors or providing historical narratives; needless to say, there will be enough reference to authors, books, events and processes, in particular with regard to the evolution of political modernity. For each of the twelve lectures of about 30-40′, which will be presented in shorter units, you may need three more hours of homework to do additional readings and – more importantly – to perform additional reflection.

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Free Online Course on Interpretation of Contracts


Indian Case Laws

Free Online Course on Interpretation of Contracts

In this course, learn how terms of a contract is interpreted by various Courts and arbitrators in India and how a smart lawyer should be drafting them so as to avoid any protracted litigation and disputes.

The course is intended for law students and budding lawyers desirous of honing their contract drafting skills and brushing up their understanding of crucial terms of a contract and their interpretation.  

About the Course

The idea of drafting an agreement with a given template or term sheet and turning it into the execution copy, is not as easy as it seems. There are several ingredients which goes into the raw term sheet or template before the final recipe is ready to be served to the client. Some of the most important ingredients which you would be needing here are, your knowledge and understanding of the subject, experience, foresight of an eagle and above all, how a Court or an Arbitrator is going to interpret those terms, in case the contract ends up in the Court room desk of a Judge or an Arbitrator. To avoid any protracted litigation and consequent loss of one’s reputation, a smart lawyer would never draft a contract with loose ends, i.e. a contract which may be subject to several interpretations, in particular the one which may prejudice the interest of his/her client.

This course explores the rules for interpretation of contracts which the Courts and Arbitration Tribunals in India and common law countries often use to read and interpret the terms of a contract. The Course intends to help you develop an understanding of the interpretative value of different terms of a contract, so that you can use them as backdrop while you are drafting an agreement. This can help you sharpen your drafting skills and avoid any messy situation leading to loss of your reputation as a lawyer. The Course is based on leading judgments of Supreme Court and various High Courts as well as well established



Chapter-1: Fundamental Rules for Interpretation of Contracts

Chapter-2: Interpretative Value of Pre-contractual Documents/Draft Agreements

Chapter-3: Importance of Deleted Words

Chapter-4: Implied Terms of Contract and Business Efficacy Test

Chapter-5: Specific Provision vis-a-vis General Provision

Chapter-6: Harmonious Construction of Contractual Terms

Chapter-7: Placement of Clauses in a Contract: Does it matter?

Chapter-8: Arbitrator vs. Judge – Extent of Court’s Interference with Arbitrator’s Interpretation


  • Any law student who is in the 3rd-5th year of B.A./B.Sc/B.Com LL.B course from a recognized law school or university;
  • Any law student in the 2nd-3rd year of three year LL.B course from a recognized law college or university;


  • A total of 35 candidates will be selected from the applications received on first come first serve basis.
  • The selected applicants will be notified latest by October 20, 2014.
  • Once the application is accepted the selected candidates will be required to submit a scanned copy of their identity card along with their CV before the course commences. Failure to do the same may result in cancellation of their application.
  • A candidate discontinuing the course , failing to submit any assignment, or take the evaluation test will be automatically disqualified from the course.
  • Upon successful completion of the Course, the candidates clearing the evaluation test will be issued a ‘Certificate of Completion’ within one week from the date of declaration of results.


The course will primarily consist of study material in the form of separate chapters and assignments. You may be required to devote 5-6 hours of study in a week. The Course is intended to be completed in a span of four weeks starting from November 3rd, 2014. At the end of the course there will be a surprise evaluation test based on which the candidates will be issued a course completion certificate.



  • Last Date for Enrollment: October 15, 2014
  • Last Date for Intimation of Acceptance of Application: October 20, 2014
  • Course Duration: November 3rd – November 29 (4 weeks)
  • Evaluation Test: 1st week of December
  • Declaration of Results: 3rd week of December
  • Issue of Certificate: 4th week of December

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