06 October 2015

International Human Rights Network, Ireland
Annual Training Programme 'Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches'

27 June 2016 - 1 July 2016

Deadline for application: 17 April 2016

International Human Rights Network is a not-for-profit organisation providing practical, expert, support to organisations applying Human Rights Based Approaches. It provides support for organisations to actively learn from their own, and other's, experience for concrete human rights results.

The annual IHRN training programme aims at enhancing the skills of justice sector personnel, consultants, managers etc., in applying Human Rights Based Approaches to Justice Sector Reform.  The programme is designed for people working in the justice sector (with state or non-state institutions) or undertaking Rule of law/Governance assignments (e.g. UN, EC Framework Contract Lot 7 - Governance and Home Affairs) as well as justice sector personnel wishing to adapt their expertise for international consultancy work. 

IHRN is offering a scholarship to enable a suitably qualified person to participate who would not otherwise be able to do so.
Knowledge and skills enhanced include: 
• The legal principles, policies & practice underpinning human  rights based approaches to justice sector reform.
• The inter-linkages between justice sector roles (law enforcement, judiciary, corrections/rehabilitation, etc.).
• The relationship between the justice sector and related terms; 'security sector', 'rule of law', 'good governance'.
• Human Rights Based needs assessment, programme design, implementation, as well as monitoring & evaluation.
• Programming tools & checklists (including benchmarks & indicators of human rights change).
• Case studies from national contexts as well as international field missions (including conflict and post-conflict).
• Teamwork, advocacy, strategic partnerships and consulting opportunities.

The Programme uses a variety of pedagogical techniques; including presentations, plenary discussions, group work and role-plays, case studies, etc. The programme is highly participatory and emphasises cross-learning among participants, based upon advance reflection. Advance reading provides participants with a common grounding in the international legal framework governing justice sector reform and human rights based approaches.

Reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of human rights based justice sector reform, the programme is aimed at individuals from a range of disciplines  (law and other social sciences, project management, etc.), with experience in developing and industrialised countries, as well as international field missions: government officials; regulatory bodies (e.g. prison/police inspectors; national human rights institutions; Bar Councils etc.); international civil servants (UN agencies, AU, EC, OSCE, OAS etc.); non-state actor as well as policy advisors/project managers. The programme is of particular relevance to consultants providing technical assistance services to bi- and multi-lateral donors.

Detailed information on the application process, programme, fee and logistics can be found here.

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