Justice Sector Reform @ IHRN Training Programme [June 18- 22, Ireland]: Applications Open


The central objective of this annual training programme organized by International human rights network (IHRN) 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:

  • The legal principles and practice underpinning human rights based approaches to justice sector reform
  • The inter-linkages between justice sector actors (law enforcement, judicial, corrections, etc)
  • The relationship between the justice sector and related sectors (‘security sector’), and concepts  ‘rule of law’, ‘good governance’
  • Human Rights Based needs assessment, programme design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation
  • 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


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 2018 participants.

Date & Venue

Venue: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

Date: Monday 18th June 2018 – Friday 22nd June 2018


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

Deadline for Applications

There is no formal deadline. If you require an Irish visa, please allow 8 weeks for that application to be processed by the Irish authorities once your place has been confirmed.

Application Form

Download OJIR18 application form here


1475 euro


Any queries can be address ed to pharney@ihrnetwork.org with ‘OJIR18’ in the subject line.

For more information, visit the official site by clicking here.

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