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Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches

Venue: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

Monday 24th June to Friday 28th June 2019

Application form for OJIR19 training programme: may be downloaded from the end of this page.

Sample testimonials from previous participants.


The central objective of this annual training programme is to enhance the skills of participants in applying Human Rights Based Approaches to Justice Sector Reform. It will facilitate the development of knowledge and skills regarding:

    • Programming tools (including Human Rights Based benchmarks and indicators)
    • Case studies from national contexts and international field missions (conflict and post-conflict)
    • Teamwork, advocacy and strategic partnerships
    • Human Rights Based needs assessment, programme design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation

    • The relationship between the justice sector and related sectors ('security sector'), and concepts  'rule of law', 'good governance'

    • The inter-linkages between justice sector actors (law enforcement, judicial, corrections, etc)

    • The legal principles and practice underpinning human rights based approaches to justice sector reform


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.

An indicative programme is available here, and will be up-dated in light of the profiles of confirmed 2019 participants.


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 (see IHRN Expert Database)

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