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Applications Now Open for Matra Rule of Law Training: “Human Rights and Minorities”

20 December 2019

The NHC is now accepting applications for the third Matra Rule of Law Training Programmes of 2020: “Human Rights and Minorities”, to be held 1 – 10 April 2020. The deadline for submitting applications is February 2, 2020 (CET).

The training on Human Rights and Minorities is intended for persons holding senior positions in State bodies that are working on monitoring and improving the implementation of internationally agreed human rights standards. They can come either from independent institutions (such as National Human Rights Institutes, Ombudsman bodies) or from government ministries The 2020 course will, in addition to covering general mechanisms for human rights policy setting and protection, pay special attention to human rights aspects of the work of law enforcement agencies.

We accept applications of 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, 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.

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