The Hague Institute for Global Justice provides capacity-building and training, and convenes actors from different cultural, national and professional areas. The training modules conducted by the Institute draw on the expertise and ongoing research projects. They aim to stimulate cross-pollination between empirical research and emerging trends in justice sector development and reform. Since 2013, The Hague Institute has conducted numerous training and capacity-building activities.

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Judges and prosecutors from Lebanon with staff from the Institute. June 2016

Working Towards An Integrated Approach To Forensics In Fair Legal Proceedings in Lebanon
19-25 June 2016
The Hague Institute hosted a distinguished delegation consisting of the Lebanese Chief General Prosecutor to the Supreme Court, trial and investigative judges and prosecutors during the first high-level exposure visit on forensics in fair legal proceedings in Lebanon. The main theme of this week-long program was international best practice of forensic information and evidence in civilian and military legal proceedings that abide by international fair trial standards.

Combating Impunity: The Hague Institute hosts Judicial Training on Core International Crimes
30 November-2 December 2015
From 30 November to 2 December, The Hague Institute for Global Justice hosted a judicial training program organized by the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) in cooperation with the European Network for investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (European Genocide Network). Entitled Prosecuting and Judging Core International Crimes within the EU, the training was attended by judges and prosecutors from the EU member states with the goal of improving their understanding of issues pertaining to the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of international core crimes at the domestic level, as well as sharing knowledge and related best practices.

Peace-Justice Nexus in Kenya
October 2015

In October 2015, Senior Researcher Dr. Eamon Aloyo and Researcher Tessa Alleblas, both members of the Institute’s Conflict Prevention Program, traveled to Kenya to train researchers on collecting data about the International Criminal Court (ICC). The training, in partnership with the Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa (NPI-Africa) is part of the Institute’s Peace-Justice Nexus project. The project encompasses desk and field research to assess the impact of the ICC on the behavior and policies of governmental and non-state actors. The trained Kenyan researchers conducted household surveys and civil society consultations in five specific regions of Kenya. Results will inform policy recommendations on conflict-sensitive approaches and transitional justice strategies to achieve, when possible, both sustainable peace and accountability for gross human rights violations.

The Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission
18-22 October 2015

From 18-22 October 2015, Rule of Law Program Head Dr. Lyal Sunga undertook a mission to Dhaka, Bangladesh to support the closing phase of an IDLO-UNDP training mission with the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission. The capacity building mission focused on three key goals. 1) Train new BNHC recruits in monitoring, investigation and reporting on serious violations of human rights, humanitarian law and international criminal law. 2) Finalize an important report proposing reform of the law and procedure for the prosecution of sexual offenses in Bangladesh. 3) Finalize the BNHRC’s shadow report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in response to Bangladesh’s State report to CEDAW and CEDAW’s reaction thereto.

Opening Workshop in Rwanda for the ‘Employment for Stability’ Project
20 July 2015
From 7th – 8th July 2015, The Hague Institute, together with its partner organizations – INES-Ruhengeri, PACCI, and UNU-MERIT- and a range of stakeholders and experts completed the first workshop for the project, Employment for Stability – Does Opportunity Reduce Instability? A Meta-Analysis of Skills and Employment Interventions in LMICs. Funded by the Netherlands Research Council (NWO), this two-year project will critically explore the relationship between employment, training and stability in low- and middle-income countries.

First Module of Training on Trial Monitoring for Fifteen Lebanese NGOs
1 December 2014
On Wednesday 26 November, together with Chris Gosnell, defense counsel practicing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), researcher Jill Coster van Voorhout provided the first training module to participants from 15 Lebanese NGOs. The attendants followed this second phase of the training on monitoring of international court proceedings in The Hague, after they had had an initial three-day training in Beirut, Lebanon, on topics such as fair trial standards and the purpose and good practices of trial monitoring.

Training School on Climate Justice: Human Rights, Rule of Law and Good Governance in times of Climate Change
13 October 2014
From 6-10 October, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, in partnership with COST Action and Utrecht University, has successfully hosted a weeklong intensive and unique Training School on Climate Justice, focusing on Human Rights, Rule of Law and Good Governance in times of Climate Change.

First Module on Governance and Rule of Law ‘Inspiring and Insightful’
21 July 2014
The Hague Institute for Global Justice and The Hague Academy for Local Governance proudly launched the first two-week block of the training on ‘Governance and Rule of Law in Societies of Early Transition and Fragile and Conflict affected Areas’ on Monday, 7 July. Participants from NGOs, CSOs, International Organizations and Governmental Organizations – with experiences from Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Nigeria – participated in the first module of this comprehensive program.

Transitional Justice Fellowship:  A Unique Opportunity In The Heart Of The City of Peace and Justice
6 June 2014
The Hague Institute and its partner the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) from South Africa launched an annual Transitional Justice Fellowship. Researcher Jill Coster van Voorhout and Events Manager Marie-Laure Poiré joined the fellows in Johannesburg and Cape Town from the 7-20 June 2014 for the first two weeks of an intense and thorough training on transitional justice. In turn, the fellows visited The Hague for the international justice leg of the program from 23-27 June 2014.

Training School: Climate Justice
2 May 2014
Climate Justice is a human rights based approach to development  for all people regardless to what extent, how and where they are affected by climate change. From Monday to Friday 6-10 October 2014, the Rule of law Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, in partnership with The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), hosted a one-week Training School on Climate Change Justice: Rule of Law through Good Governance.  The program aimed to achieve two goals:  1) train scholars in international legal instruments and mechanisms, norms and standards that frame the concept of climate justice, and 2) address practical questions how to deal with the consequences of climate change, such as migration and internal displacement.

A Glass Half Full: Peace and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe
15 October 2013
On 9-11 October, The Hague Institute trained NGO activists from Zimbabwe on international criminal law and transitional justice in Johannesburg, South Africa. Researcher Jill Coster van Voorhout led the Institute’s efforts which focused on capacity building measures for human rights activists and practical tools built on The Hague Approach.

Rule of Law and Transitional Justice in Libya
18 June 2013
From 11 to 13 June, thirteen Libyan judges and prosecutors received dedicated training under the theme “Rule of Law and Transitional Justice in Libya.” The goal was to enhance the capabilities of the Libyan justice professionals by providing them with the knowledge, expertise, and experience gleaned from other conflict-affected countries and from the Netherlands. Providing professional skills training is an essential part of the Institute’s practical deliverables to promote peace and justice internationally.