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Applications Now Open for Matra Rule of Law Training: “Freedom of the Media”

09 December 2020

The NHC is now accepting applications for the online Matra Rule of Law Training: Freedom of the Media”, to be held 1 March – 2 April 2021. The deadline for submitting applications is 24 January 2021, 12.00 pm (CET).

The training on Freedom of the Media is intended for civil servants with responsibilities for media law and policy in a broad sense. Participants will be expected to offer a valuable and active contribution to the learning process and be in a position to implement the newly gained knowledge and insights in their respective organisation.

The training programme aims to increase understanding of the European regulatory and policy standards relating to the concepts of media freedom and the right of the public to be properly informed. Presentations on Dutch and European experiences in dealing with these issues will encourage the participants to reflect on the situation in their own countries, to identify areas for reform and to nurture exchanges on practices in other countries. Special attention will be paid to obstacles and dilemmas in the implementation process and how to overcome them.

We accept applications from civil servants from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. The Matra Rule of Law Training Programme is designed to strengthen institutional capacity in the field of rule of law within government organisations. To this end, seven training programmes are offered per year, each introducing the participants to best practices in a wide range of rule of law themes.

Through interactive sessions combining theory and practical skills, policy advisors, members of the judiciary and other civil servants working in the government and justice sectors acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to drive reforms in their home countries. In addition, by taking part in the training programme, participants become part of a large transnational network of alumni, lecturers and relevant government departments in the Netherlands and in the target countries. This network offers a platform for learning, exchange and collaboration.

The Matra Rule of Law Training programme is designed and delivered by Leiden Law School, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, and The Hague Academy for Local Governance. It is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

For more information about these trainings and other Matra Rule of Law training programmes, and a link the online application forms, please click here.