Deadline: 23 September 2016
The Hague Academy on Local Governance is conducting a short course on Conflict, Rule of Law and Local Security from November 7 to November 18, 2016. The key issues in this training are: How can governments promote citizen security and protect human rights after violent conflict? What policies and instruments do they have to foster reconciliation and peacebuilding amongst different ethnic or religious groups? And what attitude and skills do government officials need to lead conflict transformation processes?
In the aftermath of a conflict that has reduced the state’s ability to govern and administer justice, it is essential to bring some measure of stability, to reassert the state’s monopoly on the use of violence and to send a strong signal that crimes cannot be committed with impunity. Government and security sector institutions (the military, the policy, criminal and military courts, prosecution, and prisons) at central level have an important role to play in all of this, yet in many post conflict countries, particularly in rural areas, these institutions remain distant and detached from local realities. In those areas, the state is to a large extent associated with and represented by local governments or local administrations. Given that this tier of government is closest to its citizens, it is in a unique position to improve the legitimacy of the state and help restore local security to avoid a return to conflict.
The nexus between conflict, rule of law and security at the subnational level remains largely unexplored. This training programme aims to fill this gap.
Participants will receive lectures from academics and international experts from various fields of practice, including conflict analysis, governance, rule of law promotion, and human security, with a focus on the subnational level. You will have the opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge and bridge the divide between theory and practice by exercises and practical cases from amongst others DR Congo, Burundi, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Libya.
After successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of The Hague Academy for Local Governance.
The course will help you to:
- learn about the role of the different institutions – including (local) government, judiciary and traditional leadership- in restoring security and legitimacy;
- increase your understanding of the concepts of good governance and rule of law;
- increase your insight in conflict analysis and conflict sensitive programming;
- gain practical experience in applying these concepts and mechanisms in your own local context;
- broaden your understanding of (local) security concerns and reflect on effective interventions to mitigate the risk of violent conflict and contribute to peaceful resolution;
- increase your understanding of factors in the political economical context that influence performance of state and local institutions;
- apply tools for rule of law reform and frameworks for human security.
This training programme is interesting for:
- Professionals from government agencies, civil society and non-governmental organisations, as well as international institutions, who have been working directly with or on issues related to societies in early transition and fragile and conflict affected areas.
How to Apply
- Applicants must fill the online application form available on the website.
- Application for this course will open soon.
- Application for fellowships for this specific course is open between 2 February, 2016 and 22 March, 2016.
For more information, please visit Law and Local Security Course.
Check the scholarships available to participate in this short course in the Next article.