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26 February - 23 April 2021
Application start 21 January 2021
Application end 9 February 2021
Fee: 1250 Swiss Francs

Civil Society and Transitional Justice

UNMISS workshop in Juba, South Sudan UNMISS workshop in Juba, South Sudan

Descriptive

The role and engagement of civil society in transitional justice are ever-developing, with practices and lessons learned over time confirming the essential role that civil society actors play in prompting, engaging in and ensuring the sustainability of transitional justice processes.

This short course takes a primarily practice-based approach to the subject and will be of importance and value to those from a civil society background, those wishing to work within civil society organizations and those with an interest in the transformative potential of civil society actors.

The course will begin with an examination of civil society as a transitional justice actor, providing a broad base for in-depth consideration of further issues; it will explore three particular modalities of action in detail (monitoring and documentation of human rights violations; engaging with supra-national mechanisms; and strategic litigation); and will conclude with an assessment of project cycle management, an increasingly vital aspect of the functioning of NGOs today.

Online

This short course is offered exclusively online.

Audience

This short course forms part of our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ). It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in transitions, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the MTJ and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.

Schedule

Classes take place on:

  • Friday 26 February 2021,10:15 – 13:00
  • Friday 5 March 2021,10:15 – 13:00
  • Friday 12 March 2021,10:15 – 13:00
  • Friday 19 March 2021,10:15 – 13:00
  • Friday 23 April 2021,10:15 – 12:00

Fee

The fee for this short course is 1,250 Swiss Francs. In case of cancellation by the participants, CHF 200 won't be returned.

Certificate

Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).

How to Apply

Applications for this short course must be submitted via the online form. If you encounter problems with your application, do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Your application will need to include:
  • A short motivation letter (no more than one page)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)

Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.

Professor and Lecturer

Picture of Alex Conte

Alex Conte

Executive Director, Child Rights Connect

Alex Conte is a senior law and policy adviser at the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), an NGO dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights through the rule of law.

Location

Online course

Access

This course will be conducted online using the ZOOM platform.

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