Facing Facts has offered a wide variety of learning opportunities on hate crime and hate speech for various stakeholders since 2012. In 2015, we launched our eLearning platform Facing Facts Online to offer online courses. Our cutting edge content and learning design are based on the latest research and evidence and incorporate the experience of CEJI’s decades’ long training experience and are delivered in partnership with international and national  experts. We bring our expertise on hate crime and hate speech research and training to the key consultative platforms of the European Union and other international organisations.

We offer a mix of online learning options, including self-paced courses, cohort-based learning and customised courses and programmes. Our aim is to deliver learning that equips learners with the knowledge and tools to effectively and appropriately respond to hate crime and hate speech in their context whether public authority, civil society, national or international. 

Self-paced courses

Our self-paced courses and materials can be accessed and completed anytime without the support of tutors. These courses focus on understanding and identifying anti-Muslim, anti-Black, anti-LGBTI, anti-migrant, anti-Roma, antisemitic and disability hate crime.

Customised courses

Customised courses are designed in partnership with institutions and organisations. We have delivered customised courses on identifying, recording and investigating hate crime for four national police forces. We have also delivered several bespoke courses for national OSCE Field Missions to support their hate crime monitoring and response activities. Other clients include a national Ombuds Office, European Commission staff, the European Journalism Center, lawyers, researchers and activists in India. If you want to learn more about what we can offer, please email melissa.sonnino@ceji.org.


Our cohort-courses are usually completed by a group of learners at the same time and are delivered across 4-6 weeks. They include regular interaction through tutorials, discussion forums and group work. Learners earn a certificate upon course completion that can be shared on social media. We run at least one cohort on hate crime or hate speech per year and they are very positively evaluated by our students. Some of our cohorts are also CPD-accredited. To find out when the next course starts, contact us or check our website for course announcements. Make sure you follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook, as well as subscribe to our Newsletter to hear about new course openings. Email the Facing Facts Network Director Melissa Sonnino to request an offer or learn more about our training opportunities.

We are continuously developing our courses based on our learners’ feedback. So far, we have presented courses in English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, German, Greek, Hungarian and Polish and are looking forward to future collaboration with our members and partners. Most of our training materials and methods are accessible to users with disabilities and we are constantly working to improve in this area.

Our trainers and educators

Our trainers and educators are leading international experts in the fields of hate crime and hate speech, multi-stakeholder engagement and online learning.

Our academic engagement and resources

We are committed to sharing resources that can be integrated into existing learning within the Facing Community. These include a range of guides for engaging with diverse communities, a timeline of key milestones in the development of an international framework on hate crime recording and data collection and graphics and videos that explain what hate crime data is important and how data gets lost during the criminal justice process. Our own and others’ research directly informs the development of our in-person and online learning.

Facing Facts has been recognised as a best practice by the Fundamental Rights Agency, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and cited in academic research. We reflect on our work through regular blog-posts.