How can local actors improve human security and state security in conflict-affected areas? What challenges affect the local government’s ability to promote the rule of law? How can citizens be enabled to actively use the law? What are the most recent experiences in international Security Sector Reform policy frameworks? How can human security approaches be effective in the context of violent extremism? And how can inclusive local economic development contribute to stabilisation and sustaining peace? This two-week intensive blended training course will equip you with practical and academic insights to help you tackle these questions and work towards community security.
Conflict and its myriad forms — interstate war, intrastate rebellion, armed militias destabilizing a region, violent extremism or social exclusion — affect all, especially at the local level. Understanding the root causes and drivers of conflict is one of several steps necessary to ensure local security.
In this training, you will gain specific knowledge, tailored approaches and practical tools to help you conduct a thorough conflict and security analysis. International experts will guide the discussion to impart a better understanding of how stakeholders at the different levels of government can promote positive conflict transformation.
Specific attention will be given to the concept of community security and its underlying principles. Using a diverse set of case studies, along with interactive workshop sessions, you will learn how to develop and implement a security plan.
Security at the local level can only be reached with an integrated approach focusing on immediate quick-wins and sustainable long-term solutions. Not only the security and justice sector, but all actors at the different governance layers play an essential role in achieving this goal. The course will take place in The Hague from 21 September to 16 November 2020.
Online module: This module will consist of several assignments spread throughout the timeframe provided. This is an opportunity to learn about the topic (while enhancing your online skills in an innovative e-learning environment) and prepare you for the next part of the course.
Dates: 21 September to 30 October.
Face-to-Face course: Participants will spend eight days in The Netherlands, focusing on study visits, expert presentations and the exchange of experiences with other participants. We intend to offer this part of the training in 2020, but if this proves not to be possible, it will be postponed to 2021 at the earliest possibility.
Dates: 12 – 19 July, 2021.
- This blended training will take place from 21 September 2020 to 19 July 2021, both online and in The Hague.
- The application deadline is 4 September 2020
- Group discounts are available if you participate with three or more colleagues.
- For general inquiries, please contact email@example.com or call +(31) 70 37 38 695.
The course will help you:
- understand the root causes and dynamics of conflict;
- increase knowledge of the different approaches and tools for conflict mapping and conduct a conflict analysis;
- gain more insight into the roles of different governmental, security and judicial institutions in conflict transformation and restoring security;
- reflect critically on the general notions of Rule of Law, its dilemmas and its implementation at the local level;
- understand the need for comprehensive security programming and community-driven approaches to reintegration, prevention of violent extremism, local economic development and social cohesion;
- apply the lessons learnt in the simulation exercise.
After successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate from The Hague Academy for Local Governance.
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.
Experts and Experience
Contributions to this course come from renowned experts and practitioners with extensive experience in the field of the rule of law and local security in conflict-affected settings. Case studies will focus on multiple contexts including, but not limited to Bosnia and Herzegovina, South Sudan, Syria, Indonesia and Kenya.
A field visit to the International Criminal Court will complement the curriculum and challenge your thinking of how the rule of law should restore local security.
Dion van den Berg
Dion works as a senior policy advisor at Pax for Peace. His expertise concerns the promotion of interreligious dialogue, democratisation and peace activities notably in Srebrenica, Ukraine, Syria, DR Congo and South Sudan. Dion is a committed activist and outspoken advocate for peace who links everyday problems in towns and villages to the conflicts in faraway places. He has two principal fields of interest: democratisation and consolidation of peace, and religion and conflict. As a peace professional, he has worked with numerous municipalities and has written several publications about municipal peace policies.
Fulco van Deventer
Fulco is the deputy director of the Human Security Collective. In the last 10 years, he has focused mainly on civil society actors in conflict areas and fragile states and their role in conflict prevention and countering violent extremism. Fulco has experience as a consultant on governmental reform in the Caribbean Island States and on post-war reconstruction in Lebanon. He has also worked with a large variety of civil society organizations in Vietnam, India, Colombia, Guatemala, West-Africa and in the Middle East where he focused on building institutional capacity.
Irma is an anthropologist with 24 years’ experience in the transition processes from conflict to peace. She has an international reputation in the field of socio-economic reintegration, youth employment, gender and conflict transformation. Seven years of field and headquarter experience in the ILO programme on Crisis Response and Reconstruction has provided her with expertise on employment issues and the inclusion of vulnerable or special groups in transition processes. She brings solid expertise in capacity building and training, conflict analyses, strategy and programme design, and applied research. Her record as a researcher and writer is illustrated in her long publications list.
Brianne McGonigle Leyh
Brianne is an Associate Professor with Utrecht University’s Netherlands Institute of Human Rights where she specializes in human rights, transitional justice, victims’ rights, and international criminal law and procedure. She is an Executive Editor of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, a member of the Utrecht Young Academy, and Senior Counsel with the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG). In 2011 she obtained her PhD from Utrecht University where she wrote her award-winning dissertation on victim participation in international criminal proceedings.
The course fee is € 3.150,-. This includes all training-related costs, as well as drinks, lunches, training materials and travel during the training programme. Travel to and from The Hague and accommodation are not included. Group discounts are available if you participate with three or more colleagues in this course. Email us for more information. The course language is English.
For questions or more information about this course, please direct your inquiry to the Programme Manager, Nicolas Haezebrouck at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +31(70) 37 38 695.
Participants in our courses are predominantly funded by their own employer (municipalities, Ministries, NGOs and training or research institutes) or by a donor or development agency. If you are looking for additional funding opportunities, there are a few organisations you could approach.
The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) offers scholarships for training courses in the Netherlands. These scholarships seek to develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, and abilities of professionals to enable their organisations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world. Please note that this course is no longer open for scholarship applications. Click here to learn about future deadlines.
The 2020 Conflict, Rule of Law and Local Security course will take place in The Hague from 21 September to 16 November 2020. The application deadline is 4 September 2020. Incomplete applications will be neither accepted nor considered in the selection process.
After submitting your completed application, you will receive a confirmation of your course registration and an invoice. The payment deadline is 1-week after the application deadline.
Payments can be made by bank transfer or by PayPal. We offer the option of paying in one or two installments. An advance payment of 50% secures reservation of a seat to the training until the payment deadline. However, your participation in the course is guaranteed only after receipt of full payment prior to the 4-week deadline.
If no payment is received before that deadline, then your registration will automatically be canceled. Please note that The Hague Academy accepts registrations on a first pay, first-served policy.
Some countries require a visa to enter the Netherlands. Please check with The Netherlands or the embassy for the visa requirements related to your country. Because of the length of time needed for the visa procedure, we advise you start this process as soon as possible. The Hague Academy we will send you an acceptance letter which will assist you in arranging your visa, but only after we confirm your payment.
Payments received before the deadline will be reimbursed. However, an administration fee of €150 will be charged to fulfill this request. We strongly encourage you to start with the visa application procedure at least six weeks before the start of the training programme in order to prevent late cancellation.
A cancellation fee of 50% of the course fee will be charged for participants cancelling between four and two weeks prior to the start of the training. If you cancel your participation within the two-week period before the start of the course, then you will be required to pay 80% of the course fee.
In the event that you cannot attend the course, it is possible to nominate a suitably qualified candidate to replace you without extra charge.
The Hague Academy for Local Governance reserves the right to cancel a course if the number of participants is insufficient or due to any other unforeseen circumstances. In this case, your payment will be 100% reimbursed. Other costs such as transportation or hotel cannot be reimbursed.
For questions about this course and procedures, or to inquire about our tailor-made courses on citizen participation, please contact us by email at email@example.com, or dial +31-70-3738695.