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Applications Now Open for Two Matra RoLT Trainings: “Decentralization and Citizen Participation” and “Freedom of the Media”

17 July 2017

The NHC is now accepting applications for the next two Matra Rule of Law Training Programmes: “Decentralisation and Citizen Participation (to be held 4 – 13 October) and “Freedom of the Media” (to be held 5 – 11 October). The deadline for submitting applications is 20 August.

The training on Decentralization and Citizen Participation is intended for senior civil servants and policy makers at national Ministries or sub-national governments in charge of the development, implementation and enforcement of decentralisation policy and participatory local governance in their respective countries. The one on Freedom of the Media is intended for civil servants with responsibilities for media law and policy in a broad sense.

The Matra Rule of Law Training Programme is designed to strengthen institutional capacity in the field of rule of law within government organisations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. 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, practical skills and study visits, policy advisors, members of the judiciary and other civil servants working in the 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, initially for a period of two years (2017- 2018).

The deadline for both trainings is Sunday 20 August. For more information about these trainings and other Matra Rule of Law training programmes, please click here.