Course introduction

In the aftermath of a conflict that has reduced the state’s ability to govern and administer justice, it is essential to bring some measure of stability, to reassert the state’s monopoly on the use of violence and to send a strong signal that crimes cannot be committed with impunity. Government and security sector institutions (the military, the policy, criminal and military courts, prosecution, and prisons) at central level have an important role to play in all of this, yet in many countries, particularly in rural areas, these institutions remain distant and detached from local realities. In those areas, the state is to a large extent associated with and represented by local governments or local administrations. Given that this tier of government is closest to its citizens, it is in a unique position to improve the legitimacy of the state and help restore local security to avoid a return to conflict.

The nexus between conflict, rule of law and security at the subnational level remains largely unexplored. This training programme aims to fill this gap.

You will receive lectures from academics and international experts from various fields of practice, including conflict analysis, governance, rule of law promotion, and local security, with a focus on the subnational level. You will have the opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge and bridge the divide between theory and practice by exercises and practical cases from amongst others Burundi, South Sudan, Libya, Indonesia and Kenya. Visits will be made to amongst others the International Criminal Court (ICC) and The Dutch National Crisis Centre to learn how to prevent and maintain local security.


Learning objectives

The course will help you to:

  • get insight in the roles of different governmental and judicial institutions in restoring security and legitimacy;
  • learn about the role of Dutch authorities in the local security system, crisis management and crisis communication;
  • increase your knowledge on the general notions of rule of law and its dilemmas in relation to human rights case-law;
  • increase your insight in the different approaches and tools for conflict analysis (and how to use these);
  • broaden your understanding of (local) security concerns and reflect on systems and tools to mitigate the risk of violent conflict and contribute to peaceful resolution;
  • understand the need for comprehensive programming and community driven approaches to reintegration, local economic development, social cohesion;
  • apply the lessons learnt in your own local settings.

After successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

This training programme is interesting for:

Professionals from government agencies, civil society and non-governmental organisations, as well as international institutions, who have been working directly with or on issues related to conflict affected areas.


Contributions come from renowned experts and practitioners with extensive experience in governance, security and rule of law in various development and (post-)conflict countries around the world.

Practical information

The course fee is € 3.150,-. Included in the course fee are all training-related costs as well as drinks and lunches, training materials and travel during the training. Group discounts are available if you participate with three of more colleagues in this programme. Email us for more information.

The training takes place in The Hague, The Netherlands and the course language is English. If you have questions regarding this programnme, please contact us at: or call +31-70-3738695.

Application procedure

The application deadline is 7 October 2016. Please see the application procedure page for more information and the online application form.

Nuffic fellowships

The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC) offers fellowships for training courses, as part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for short courses and the MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP). The aim is to promote capacity building within organisations in eligible countries (51 for NFP en 7 for MSP) via training and education for professionals. This is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.

 The deadline to apply for fellowships for this specific course has passed already.