Legal Empowerment Leadership Course

Global Policy Academy Course
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 9:00am
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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 9:00am to Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

Read the news item covering the course here.

Please find the course booklet here.

In the past several years, a significant momentum has been created on the importance of access to justice in ensuring equitable and inclusive development. Policy makers recognized this during the debates on the post-2015 development agenda (see the High Level Panel and its inclusion in both the July open working group outcome document, and the Secretary-General’s December report.

Against this background, and with their complementary exposure to practice and theory, the CEU’s School of Public Policy (SPP), the South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS) and BRAC University, in collaboration with the Open Society Justice Initiative and Namati, will organize an executive course that will offer an opportunity for leading thinkers amongst the development community with a range of perspectives to come together to learn from each other and identify strategies to strengthen justice and development planning and findings — from the Commission on Legal Empowerment to the World Bank’s World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development): access to justice and legal empowerment for the poor and vulnerable is indeed fundamental to sustained, equitable development, and inclusive, peaceful societies.

This ground-breaking three-day course will focus on international rule of law assistance and the extent to which it addresses concerns about reducing poverty and fostering economic development. Its intention is to contribute to at least partially solving the analytical and empirical puzzle that international actors face when they intervene as they address the demand and the supply side of justice. Overall, the course will encourage, support and cultivate a global cadre of leaders who have a common understanding of legal empowerment, particularly of the poor, to commit further to its advancement from the perspective of global goals and their national programs, research and advocacy.