September 2020 - August 2021
Study Mode Full-time
Application start 18 November 2019
Application end 28 February 2020
Application end (with scholarship) 31 January 2020


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Core Courses

Core courses are mandatory and are spread over the two semesters. They are structured in six modules that cover central theoretical and practical issues in the fields of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law.

Justice Reform in Transitions

Julia Raue

Striving towards judicial independence and a functioning and effective justice system is fundamental for countries transitioning to a rule of law based democratic society. On the basis of international norms, standards and practices, this course examines different ways and means of justice-sector reform in post-authoritarian and post-conflict countries. Based on case studies, the class undertakes assessments of the status quo of judicial systems, particularly in relation to the main actors of the justice system, so as to identify systemic deficiencies that require reform. Identifying guarantees of the independence of judges and lawyers, and the impartiality of prosecutors constitutes a key component of this course. Topics such as access to justice, military justice, gender and justice systems as well as judicial accountability are also addressed.

Human rights and violence reduction: institutional responses

Christof Heyns

Violence plays a major role in transitions: as a tool of repressive regimes and in the resistance, but violence also thrives in the instability that attends major social change.
This course will give students a better understanding of violence and how to respond to it. It will focus on the two major responses of our time: the rights-based approach (in particular the right to life) and the violence reduction approach. The course will consider aspects of these responses violence in a general context, but with the goal of facilitating an understanding of its role in the context of transitions. The main points of reference for the course are the United Nations system as well as the African context.