Curso de Formação Avançada

Electoral Observation

13, 14, 20 e 21 de março de 2020, 10h00-17h00 (CANCELADO)

CES | Lisboa (Picoas Plaza | Rua Viriato, lojas 117 e 118)


The course addresses different aspects electoral observation, going beyond its scope and exploring its broader insertion within international cooperation and electoral assistance.

Regarding electoral observation missions, the course addresses specific issues, analysing their components, structure and operationalization. International standards are a key aspect, as well as the electoral cycle and the conceptualization of electoral integrity. We provide an overview of the international instruments and tools in the area of electoral integrity, to allow a substantial assessment of electoral processes, both at the international and national levels. The course addresses also several institutions carrying out electoral observation missions, highlighting the different forms of organisation and methodology, also stressing the importance of participating in these missions for Portugal.

Throughout the course concrete cases in the area of electoral observation are addressed, with practical exercises, to allow a more direct contact with the reality in question, concrete cases and potential impact.

The course follows the Masters in Electoral Administration (MEPA) curriculum, developed by the International IDEA - Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (of which Portugal is a member state).


Carla Luís is the coordinator of VotedHR - Elections, Democracy and Human Rights, and works on Elections, Democracy, and Human Rights. She works and teaches in the area of Electoral Observation, Electoral Justice, among others. BRIDGE certified trainer. Carla has carried out work in the area of Elections and Democracy, with international and national institutions. She worked with International IDEA on Electoral Justice in 2018 and 2019. Visiting researcher in The Electoral Integrity Project, coord. by Prof. Pippa Norris, Sydney University - Harvard University, 1st semester 2015. UNDP Electoral Legal Adviser in Timor-Leste, on the 2012 Electoral Cycle. Board Member of the Portuguese National Electoral Commission since 2010. PhD on International Politics and Conflict Resolution, University of Coimbra. European Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation, Law Degree by the New University of Lisbon. 


Special participation
Therese Pearce Laanela, Head of Electoral Processes at International IDEA.
Pearce Laanela has a background working with elections on the field, headquarters and policy levels. She served as a founding staff member at International IDEA and as Assistant Director for the Democracy Program at The Carter Center. Through work with IFES, UNDP and IDEA, Pearce Laanela has been deeply involved in the development of a variety of seminal publications, networks, databases and training curriculum on electoral administration, including the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network and the BRIDGE course package. Prior to working at IDEA she served in 1994 through UNDP, for the National Electoral Commission in Mozambique organising the first post-war elections, and in Cambodia in 1992-93 as a District Electoral Supervisor for the UN sponsored first multi-party election. Find more about her work here.


Daniela Nascimento
José Luís Coelho da Silva, Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Focal Point
Licínia Simão, CES FEUC
Margarida Alves, International Expert


Target audience
People that work or intending to work on electoral observation, electoral assistance, international cooperation, democratization, Human Rights, international relations, political science and law, particularly within institutions, NGOs, or others, with an international focus.  Also intended for students, researchers and civil society at large. Electoral stakeholders, especially those affiliated with candidacies or public institutions will also benefit from taking the course.

Electoral Observation Missions
This course grants points on the selection of observers by the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the Electoral Observation Missions of the European Union, namely 2 points in the “Training” criterion. Other institutions also select observers, for which the course is certainly of added value, without a precise quantification. The course is also of added value for those wishing to work on electoral assistance, and this will also be explored, as well as institutions working on the field. The course does not guarantee selection on electoral observation missions. The final certificate is issued in English (and Portuguese, if required).

This course follows the Masters in Electoral Administration (MEPA) curriculum developed by International IDEA - Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

Certified training: Laboratório Associado - DL n.º 396/2007, de 31/12, DL n.º 63/2019, de 16 de Maio e Estatutos do CES. 
Certificate issued (English and/or Portuguese) upon completing the course.

Location: CES Lisbon, Picoas Plaza
Dates: 13 and 14th, 20th and 21st March 2020, 10:00 to 17:00.
Total number of hours: 24 hours
Registration fee: €350
Students and former VoteDHR students: €300
Limited places available, to be filled on an ongoing basis.

We believe in the power of training and education. We reserved three places, exempt from fees, for people based in Portugal, that could benefit from taking this course. Send us your CV and a Motivation Letter telling us why we should waive the fee for you, to Previous experience not required, but let us know why you would benefit from this. People working with grassroots organisations, with(in) disadvantaged contexts or groups (minorities, women, ecc), young people, activists and others are highly encouraged to apply. Deadline: 28 February 2020.


Activity with the research project VOTEdhr - Elections, Democracy and Human Rights Training, research and support