Conflict Rule of Law and Local Security

Conflict, Rule of Law & Local Security


Conflict and its various forms — interstate war, intrastate rebellion, armed militias, violent extremism or social exclusion — has a huge impact on communities at the local level. Understanding the root causes and drivers of conflict is one of several steps necessary to ensure local security.

This course discusses the prevention of conflict, promotion of the rule of law and security from a local perspective. Through conflict and stakeholder mapping exercises, we will analyse the root causes and drivers of conflict. We will also discuss the international legal frameworks and experiences with Security Sector Governance and Reform (SSG/R). Furthermore, we will explore how local authorities can work on community security, inclusive economic development, the reintegration of former combatants,  and the prevention of gender based violence, to contribute to stabilisation, social cohesion and sustainable peace. We will discuss case studies from various post-conflict countries, and learn how to develop and implement a local security plan.

Key Information

This course is aimed at professionals working on security, human rights and peacebuilding in conflict-affected areas. Participants come from national, regional and local government, NGOs, knowledge institutes, international institutions and development organisations.

The course will take place in The Hague from 08 November 2023 to 21 November 2023. The application deadline is 29 September 2023. The scholarship application period is from 23 January 2023 to 16 March 2023. 

The course fee is € 3,595. This includes all training related costs as well as drinks and warm lunches during the training days. Group discounts are available if you participate with three or more colleagues.

This training takes place in The Hague, Netherlands.

After this course, you will receive a professional certificate of completion from The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

Learning objectives

This 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 to your own context.


You will go on study visits to organisations that work on security at different levels. You will visit, amongst others, the International Criminal Court (ICC), and learn how it deals with international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. You will also discuss its impact on peace and security.

Additionally, you will learn about the Dutch regional security cooperation structures. Furthermore, you will get to know examples of local government joining forces with the local police and citizens, to promote social cohesion and prevent conflict in their neighbourhoods.

Practical information

Find the practical information for the course here.

  • Payment

    After submitting your completed application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt. Once we have assessed your application and admitted you to the course, we will send you an invoice with payment details.

    Payments can be made by bank transfer or by PayPal request. We offer the option of paying in one or two instalments. An advance payment of 50% secures the reservation of a seat at the training until the payment deadline. Your participation in the course is guaranteed only after receipt of full payment.

    Please note that The Hague Academy accepts registrations on a first-paid, first-served policy.

  • Visa Applications

    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 to start this process as soon as possible. Once we have received your payment for the course, The Hague Academy will send you an acceptance letter which will assist you in arranging your visa to The Netherlands.

  • Cancellation

    Under certain circumstances, participants may need to cancel their participation in the course. For cancellations before the payment deadline, we will reimburse the paid amounts minus an administration fee of €150.

    To prevent late cancellation, we strongly encourage you to start with your visa application procedure at least six weeks before the start of the training programme.

    We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% of the course fee 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 have to pay 80% of the course fee.

    It is always possible to nominate a suitably qualified candidate to replace you without extra charge, in the event that you cannot attend the course.

    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.


The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships for training courses in the Netherlands. The Orange Knowledge Programme and the MENA Scholarship Programme 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. To learn if this course is open for scholarship applications, please visit our Scholarships page. Please note that scholarships have a separate application process.

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