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30 Aug 2018

Launch of online public consultation of the Human Rights guiding principles on private actors in education

The Drafting Committee of the human rights Guiding Principles on private actors in education is inviting all interested stakeholders to take part in an online public consultation on the draft of the Human Rights Guiding Principles on State Obligations with regards to Private Involvement in Education.

To take part in the online consultation:

  1. Consult the draft of the Guiding Principles at this link,
  2. Provide feedback through an online questionnaire available here:

The survey mostly consists of short yes/no questions followed by open questions, and you may respond to only those of your choice.

Alternatively, it is also possible to send feedback in a Word Document directly to the Drafting Committee:

  1. Download the template at this link:
  2. Send your reply to this email address.

The consultation is open until 30th September 2018. The responses will be processed and reviewed at a meeting of the Drafting Committee planned on 16 and 17th October 2018.

Please note: the current draft of the Guiding Principles is not final and cannot in any way prejudge the final document or the views of the members of the Drafting Committee. Please do not alter, use, or make reference to this draft. Let us know if you have any question or if you wish to share this draft further.

Do not hesitate to share this invitation for the consultation to anyone who may be interested.


Since 2015, Amnesty International, the Equal Education Law Centre, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, and the Right to Education Initiative have acted as a Secretariat to support the development by human rights experts of Guiding Principles that compile existing customary and conventional human rights law as it relates to the involvement of private actors in education. The intention is for the text to be the normative reference point and policy tool on the issue of private involvement in education.

The Guiding Principles will be adopted by a group of recognised independent experts from around the world at an adoption conference to be held in February 2019. The Drafting Committee will lead on preparing a draft that will be reviewed at the adoption conference.

As part of a broad consultative process, various regional and thematic consultations have been convened over the course of 2016, 2017 and 2018 with a Geneva Consultation organised at the Graduate Institute in February 2018. Input has been collected from a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society organisations, State representatives, human rights organisations, academics, international and regional organisations, experts in the fields of education and law, and other actors, and is used to inform the work of the group of experts.

Find more information on the Guiding Principles on the information page and the FAQs


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