Course on Rule of Law

The UN defines the rule of law as a principle of governance where all persons, institutions and entities are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms.

Fortifying the rule of law is an essential component of international crisis management. Experience gained over past decades demonstrates that establishing a basis for peace, security and development is impossible without the rule of law.

The FBA's course on the rule of law covers the framework of the concept and its strengthening. Participants are provided with a set of core skills and practical tools to be used while working on rule of law-related issues. Special attention is paid to negotiating and advising on sensitive justice problems, securing local ownership, and eliciting the political will for reform in the particular host country.

Course subjects

The objective of the course is to prepare participants for challenges encountered when working towards reinforcing the rule of law in the field. After completing the course participants will:

  • understand and be able to reflect on the broader definition of rule of law in relation to past practice, current challenges and emerging trends;
  • be familiar with and more effectively apply than previously the tools available in rule of law reform, including tools for assessments, mapping, conflict analysis, monitoring, and developing reform strategies;
  • be familiar with and more effectively apply than previously key skills and approaches such as mentoring and advising, capacity-building, programme management and evaluation;
  • understand the demands that international and national actors face while working within the rule of law, as well as the roles and responsibilities in a mission and non-mission context.

To provide a creative and open learning environment, the course methodology includes a mix of presentations, exercises, discussions, experience-sharing, case studies and excursions.

Target group

The course is primarily designed for practitioners who currently work, or who have experience from working, in a post-conflict or fragile state environment on the rule of law and related issues. Regional diversity and gender balance is promoted.

Next course

For information about the next course and its application procedure, see upcoming courses. This page is updated continually.

If you cannot find information about the course you are interested in, please contact the course administration at courses@fba.se.

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