Supporting Curriculum Development for the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law

Author : Global Center on Cooperative Security, ICCT, and the Institute for Security Studies
Date : October 2013

Building the capacity and strengthening the oversight and accountability of national justice and security institutions are critical elements of effective rule of law–based governance. National, regional, and international training institutes serve as crucial sources of support and expertise to states working to develop their justice and security systems to provide more efficient and responsive services to their citizens and cooperate more effectively with international partners. This report consists of three guidance papers developed to support the curriculum design process of the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, an initiative sponsored by the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF).

The report aims to provide guidance to the institute on a range of issues, including: engaging national policymakers and senior officials as partners in rule of law-related capacity development; designing training curricula in the context of justice and security capacity development; and utilizing immersive role-playing exercises for criminal justice practitioners in the institute’s training curricula. The papers presented in this report were developed based on inputs gathered from an international community of experts over the course of a six-month stakeholder consultation process undertaken with the generous support of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The process brought together criminal justice officials, diplomats, jurists, law enforcement officers and expert scholar-practitioners from across the globe to discuss a range of innovative tools and best practices in curricula development for justice and security training institutes.

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