Understand the theory and practice of rule of law assistance in conflict-affected states. Through the use of case studies, interactive exercises and experience sharing, participants will expand their rule of law knowledge and skills to be better equipped to face the challenges of effective rule of law promotion.

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Rule of Law Practitioners Course
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The USIP “Rule of Law Practitioners Course” provides a unique opportunity for practitioners to develop their rule of law knowledge and skills. Drawing upon on-the-ground experience, lessons learned and good practice examples, the course offers a comprehensive introduction to the rule of law from theory to practical application. The course goes beyond the traditional parameters of rule of law approaches, which prioritize the role of the state, the law and technical solutions and draws upon a multitude of complementary fields of practice to offer examples of creative approaches to promoting the rule of law. The course is tailored to rule of law professionals, whether they come from a legal, development, military, government, NGO, international organization, private sector or academic background; those who are new to this field of practice and more seasoned practitioners.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the “rule of law” as a concept and as a practical end-state for post-conflict states;
  • Understand the historical origins of rule of law assistance and identify the various actors engaged in the rule of law field;
  • Understand and apply over-arching rule of law “principles of engagement” that apply to the work of the international community;
  • Conduct a rule of law mapping and assessment;
  • Design and implement context-appropriate projects that promote the rule of law in a post-conflict state;
  • Develop an effective system for monitoring and evaluating rule of law assistance efforts; and
  • Build upon existing core competencies (e.g. inter-personal skills) that are essential for rule of law practitioners.

To Apply: Please email your resume/CV and a short statement explaining your interest in the course, to the Academy registrar at academy@usip.org.

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