Presentation of a research project compitation CAPSTONE PROJECT


The representative office Penal Reform International (PRI) in Central Asia with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kazakhstan launches in South Kazakhstan State University M.Auezov project on the development of human rights training courses in higher education institutions, in particular research projects, as a new educational tool to strengthen the educational process and the development of research skills among students.

CAPSTONE PROJECT is developed to encourage critical thinking among students, to solve difficult problems and to develop skills in speech culture, research skills, teamwork, planning, independence, goal setting, i.e. skills that will prepare them for the modern realities of career growth and adult life.

Research projects will serve as a potential basis for future normative reforms, projects on the rights human, suggestions of recommendations to improve national programmes in the system criminal-executive law, criminal  proceedings and international law. The project will also strengthen the skills. On carrying and preparation of writing modular, course and diploma works during the educational process, as well as masters theses.

Upon completion, students participating in the project will need to protect their work by presenting the project to the CAPSTONE PROJECT review Committee.

Students of the 3rd and 4th year of the faculty of law and international relations are allowed to participate in the project. The first qualifying stage for participation in the project will be an essay contest on the General theme "human Rights», after that, groups of 3 students will be formed to write a research project.


Participation in the project will provide a chance to win an educational trip

in the Kingdom of the Netherlands!


The essay should be written in English, Kazakh or Russian (maximum 3 A4 pages, times New Roman 14 font) and send to e-mail:  until October 14, 2018 until 23:59 Astana time.


Students have the right to choose one of the following topics for the essay:


1. Right to health of prisoners.

2. Resocialisation of prisoners.

3. The principles of non-discrimination.

4. Juvenile justice system in Kazakhstan.

5. Rights of death row prisoners.

6. Rights of life sentenced prisoners.

7. Human rights in the context of national security and the fight against terrorism.

8. Non-refoulment obligation (prohibition to expel from the country).

9. Freedom from torture and other cruel inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment.

10. Freedom of expression.

11. Freedom of assembly.

12. Child labour.

13. Right to education.

14. Freedom of religion in modern world.

15. Press and internet freedom in Kazakhstan.

16. Rights of elderly people in prison.

17. Rights of minorities.

18. Prohibition of arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

19. Right to a nationality and issues of migrants.

20. Right to own property.

21. Prohibition of corporal punishment.

22.Right to development

23.Right to a fair trial

24.Women and children rights in closed institutions

25.Protection of human rights in Kazakhstan

26.International human rights standards protecting prisoners

27.New Nelson Mandela rules

28.Vulnerable groups of prisoners

29.Reforms and changes of prison system of Kazakhstan

30.Protection of human rights and legislation of Kazakhstan

31.Probational control: social rehabilitation of individuals within the criminal justice system

32.Role of non-governmental organizations in human rights protection in Kazakhstan.

33.Abolition of death penalty in Kazakhstan

34.How corruption affects the observance of human rights

Start Date - End Date

Oct 9th, 2018 - Oct 9th, 2018

Start Time - End Time

12:45 pm - 12:45 pm

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