HRBA: Justice & Security Sector Reform

Venue: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

Monday19th June to 23rd June 2023

Application form for OJIR23 training programme: may be downloaded from the end of this page.

Sample testimonials from previous participants.


The central objective of this annual training programme is to enhance the skills of participants in applying Human Rights Based Approaches to Justice & Security Reform. It will facilitate the development of knowledge and skills regarding:
      • The legal principles and practice underpinning human rights based approaches to justice sector reform
      • The inter-linkages between justice sector actors (law enforcement, judicial, corrections, etc)
      • The relationship between the justice sector and related sectors ('security sector'), and concepts 'rule of law', 'good governance'
      • Human Rights Based needs assessment, programme design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation
      • Programming tools (including Human Rights Based benchmarks and indicators)
      • Case studies from national contexts and international field missions (conflict and post-conflict)
      • Teamwork, advocacy and strategic partnerships


The Programme uses a variety of pedagogical techniques; including presentations, plenary discussions, group work and role-plays, case studies, etc. The programme is highly participatory and emphasises cross-learning among participants, based upon advance reflection. Advance reading provides participants with a common grounding in the international legal framework governing justice sector reform and human rights based approaches.

An indicative programmeis available here, and will be up-dated in light of the profiles of confirmed 2022 participants.


Reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of human rights based justice sector reform, the programme is aimed at individuals from a range of disciplines (law and other social sciences, project management, etc), with experience in developing and industrialised countries, as well as international field missions: government officials; regulatory bodies (e.g prison/police inspectors; national human rights institutions; Bar Councils etc); international civil servants (UN agencies, AU, EC, OSCE, OAS etc); non-state actor as well as policy advisors/project managers. The programme is of particular relevance to consultants providing technical assistance services to bi- and multi-lateral donors (see IHRN Expert Database)


Application process: Please complete the application form below. Any queries can be address ed to with 'OJIR23' in the subject line.

The programme is non-residential. Participants will be provided with a range of accommodation options to choose from, including on-campus.

The programme fee is 1000 euro for payments received by 24th February 2023 - covering tuition, materials, lunch and refreshments during the programme. The fee after that date is 1475 euro.

Deadline for Applications: There is no formal deadline. If you require an Irish visa, please allow 8 weeks for that application to be processed by the Irish authorities once your place has been confirmed.

International Human Rights Network Scholarship

    Details of the criteria and application process for an IHRN Scholarshipfor this programme in2023 are available here. Please note that applications are processed on an on-going basis, so the earlier an application is received the better. The latest deadline for receiving completed scholarship applications for this programme is the 24 March 2023