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Understanding Islamic Law: A Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Training Course

September 20-21, 2017

Washington, DC
ABA ROLI
Suite 570

Islamic law is one of the longest enduring and most widely practiced systems of law in the world. It is, however, one of the most maligned and misunderstood. This course offered participants a firm grounding in the principles, concepts, and terminology of Islamic law as well as an introduction to its history and its role in the contemporary era. Through discussion and exercises, participants gained practical insights into the sources and constructs of this religious-based legal system, including the substantive difference between Shari’ah and jurisprudence, analysis of the Qur’an, the Tradition of the Prophet Muhammad, the various rational constructs devised by jurists and eminent legal scholars, the schools of law, differences between Shi’i and Sunni Islamic law, the historical demise and the modern resurgence of Islamic law, and Islamism. Participants also gained an in-depth understanding of selected aspects of classical and contemporary Islamic constitutionalism, Islamic criminal law, and Islamic finance law as well as how such substantive laws can be misapplied and misunderstood at every session.


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JUSTRAC Advanced Interagency Training: Anti-Corruption, Security Sector Reform and the Rule of Law
June 7-8, 2017

Washington, DC

This JUSTRAC Advanced Training Program provided in-depth instruction on rule of law program design and implementation, while focusing on key issues and trends in rule of law. The Advanced Course was designed for experienced rule of law practitioners, as well as past participants in the JUSTRAC Introductory Training Program. This course assumed an understanding of basic rule of law concepts, foreign legal systems, and the roles of various USG agencies engaged in programming in the field.

The Advanced Training Program approached current rule of law topics with comprehensive sessions and interactive exercises. To promote the most effective pedagogy and real-world application, participants were tasked with pre-course readings and assigned to groups for the course's interactive sessions. This event focused on two key topics—anti-corruption and security sector reform—and their relationship with the rule of law.

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JUSTRAC Interagency Training
January 30-31, 2017

Washington, DC

On January 30 and 31, 2017, the Rule of Law Collaborative hosted the next JUSTRAC Interagency Justice Sector Training Program, intended to:

  1. Improve the skills and knowledge of individuals funding, designing, managing, or implementing justice sector programs in post-conflict and transitional states;
  2. Increase opportunities for coordination and collaboration among USG donors, implementers, NGOs, academic institutions, international organizations, foreign governments, and multilateral institutions;
  3. Strengthen justice sector programming so as to have real impacts on host countries' ability to reform their legal systems; and
  4. Provide a multitude of stakeholders the opportunity to share their experiences and lessons regarding justice sector programming.

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JUSTRAC Special Rule of Law Topics Course: "Understanding Islamic Law"
November 3-4, 2016

Washington, DC
FHI 360
Vista Room (8th floor)

Islamic law is one of the longest enduring and most widely practiced systems of law in the world. At the same time, however, it is one of the most maligned and misunderstood. This course offered practitioners a firm grounding in the principles, concepts, and terminology of Islamic law, as well as its role in the contemporary era. Through discussions of both practice and theory, as well as interactive exercises, participants gained practical insights into the sources and constructs of this religious-based legal system, including the substantive difference between Shari'ah and jurisprudence, analysis of the Qur'an, the Tradition of the Prophet Muhammad, the schools of law, differences between Shi'i and Sunni Islamic law, the historical demise and the modern resurgence of Islamic law, and Islamic political movements, i.e., Islamism. Participants also gained an in-depth understanding of selected aspects of Islamic constitutionalism, Islamic criminal law, and not only how classical and contemporary Islamic law comports with international human rights law, but also how Islamic law can be misapplied and misunderstood. This course used real-world examples and interactive exercises throughout, in order to give participants a practical understanding of these concepts as they apply today.

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JUSTRAC Interagency Training
September 8-9, 2016

Washington, DC

On September 8 and 9, 2016, the Rule of Law Collaborative hosted the next JUSTRAC Interagency Justice Sector Training Program, intended to:

  1. Improve the skills and knowledge of individuals funding, designing, managing, or implementing justice sector programs in post-conflict and transitional states;
  2. Increase opportunities for coordination and collaboration among USG donors, implementers, NGOs, academic institutions, international organizations, foreign governments, and multilateral institutions;
  3. Strengthen justice sector programming so as to have real impacts on host countries’ ability to reform their legal systems; and
  4. Provide a multitude of stakeholders the opportunity to share their experiences and lessons regarding justice sector programming.

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JUSTRAC Advanced Interagency Training
June 23-24, 2016

Washington, DC

The JUSTRAC Interagency Justice Sector Advanced Training Program provided in-depth instruction on rule of law program design and implementation, while focusing on key issues and trends in rule of law. The Advanced Program is designed for experienced rule of law practitioners, as well as past participants in the JUSTRAC Introductory Training Program. This course assumes an understanding of basic rule of law concepts, foreign legal systems, and the roles of various USG agencies engaged in programming in the field.

The Advanced Program approached current rule of law topics with deep-dive sessions and interactive exercises. To promote the most effective pedagogy and real-world application, participants were tasked with pre-course readings and were assigned in groups to a particular country, which served as their template for the course’s interactive sessions.

The Advanced Program was convened at FHI 360 in conjunction with the USAID DRG Annual Conference.

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JUSTRAC Interagency Training
February 25-26, 2016

Washington, DC

On February 25 and 26, 2016, the Rule of Law Collaborative hosted the next JUSTRAC Interagency Justice Sector Training Program, intended to:

  1. Improve the skills and knowledge of individuals funding, designing, managing, or implementing justice sector programs in post-conflict and transitional states;
  2. Increase opportunities for coordination and collaboration among USG donors, implementers, NGOs, academic institutions, international organizations, foreign governments, and multilateral institutions;
  3. Strengthen justice sector programming so as to have real impacts on host countries' ability to reform their legal systems; and
  4. Provide a multitude of stakeholders the opportunity to share their experiences and lessons regarding justice sector programming.
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JUSTRAC Interagency Training
November 19-20, 2015
 

Washington, DC

On November 19 and 20, 2015, the Rule of Law Collaborative offered a two-day training conference intended to:

  1. Improve the skills and knowledge of individuals funding, designing, managing, or implementing justice sector programs in post-conflict and transitional states;
  2. Increase opportunities for coordination and collaboration among USG donors, implementers, NGOs, academic institutions, international organizations, foreign governments, and multilateral institutions;
  3. Strengthen justice sector programming so as to have real impacts on host countries' ability to reform their legal systems; and
  4. Provide a multitude of stakeholders the opportunity to share their experiences and lessons regarding justice sector programming.
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JUSTRAC Interagency Training
September 10-11, 2015

Washington, DC

The Rule of Law Collaborative offered a two-day training conference intended to:

  1. Improve the skills and knowledge of individuals funding, designing, managing, or implementing justice sector programs in post-conflict and transitional states;
  2. Increase opportunities for coordination and collaboration among USG donors, implementers, NGOs, academic institutions, international organizations, foreign governments, and multilateral institutions;
  3. Strengthen justice sector programming so as to have real impacts on host countries' ability to reform their legal systems; and
  4. Provide a multitude of stakeholders the opportunity to share their experiences and lessons regarding justice sector programming.

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JUSTRAC Interagency Training
June 18-19, 2015

Washington, DC

The Rule of Law Collaborative offered a two-day training conference intended to:

  1. Improve the skills and knowledge of individuals funding, designing, managing, or implementing justice sector programs in post-conflict and transitional states;
  2. Increase opportunities for coordination and collaboration among USG donors, implementers, NGOs, academic institutions, international organizations, foreign governments, and multilateral institutions;
  3. Strengthen justice sector programming so as to have real impacts on host countries' ability to reform their legal systems; and
  4. Provide a multitude of stakeholders the opportunity to share their experiences and lessons regarding justice sector programming.

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JUSTRAC Interagency Training
March 5-6, 2015

Washington, DC

Due to inclement weather, the March 5-6 JUSTRAC Interagency Justice Sector Training Program was canceled.

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JUSTRAC Interagency Training
December 11-12, 2014

Washington, DC

The Rule of Law Collaborative designed and delivered its first JUSTRAC Interagency Justice Sector Training Program on December 11-12, 2014, as part of a five-year grant through International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), U.S. Department of State. The JUSTRAC training courses intended to improve the skills and knowledge of institutional actors in justice sector programming, increase opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing among those actors, and strengthen justice sector programming so as to have a real impact on host countries' ability to reform their legal systems.

Program participants--who represented seven U.S. Government agencies, one international organization, and two academic institutions--received training in a variety of rule of law topics over the course of two days. Sample sessions included:

  1. An overview of the institutional actors involved in justice sector and rule of law programming;
  2. Guidelines for program design, management, monitoring, and evaluation;
  3. Justice sector guides and tool kits;
  4. An introduction to different legal systems of the world; and
  5. Interactive exercises that highlighted challenges rule of law practitioners encounter in the field.

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Interagency Rule of Law Short Course
January 30-31, 2014

Washington, DC

Program

The Rule of Law Collaborative kicked off 2014 with their 11th and final Interagency Rule of Law Short Course training as part of a three-year grant through the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Army (OTJAG), U.S. Department of Defense. This training featured course modules on corruption, customary justice, and an interagency panel on vulnerable populations and the rule of law.

Through these short courses the Rule of Law Collaborative has trained nearly 400 U.S. Government officials, contractors, non-profit employees, and private sector workers on interagency collaboration in post-conflict environments or fragile states where rule of law is a crucial component to recovery and stability.

Interagency Rule of Law Short Course
September 12-13, 2013

Washington, DC

Program

Once again, the Rule of Law Collaborative hosted its Interagency Rule of Law Short Course for personnel working on rule of law issues and in fragile or post-conflict states.  To promote interagency collaboration within the U.S. Government on rule of law issues, participants were provided with course modules on the roles and scope of work of each core government agency in the field of rule of law.  Participants were also given course modules on relevant issues they may encounter in the field, such as combatting corruption and understanding the role of customary law in tribal societies.  

On day two of the program, participants were treated to a panel on rule of law success stories and lessons learned featuring officials from various U.S. Government agencies such as Department of State, Justice, Defense, Commerce, and USAID.

Interagency Rule of Law Primer
July 17, 2013

Washington, DC

Program

This interagency course was designed as an optional half-day add-on to the "Interagency Workshop on Transitional Justice, Rule of Law and Post-Conflict Institution Building" for those desiring an introduction or refresher to rule of law prior to the workshop.  Content covered in this course included modules on defining and measuring the rule of law, the mandates and roles of different U.S. Government agencies regarding rule of law programming, and combatting corruption.

Interagency Rule of Law Short Course
May 16-17, 2013

Washington, DC

Program

Drawing on the extensive basis of research and practical experience of University of South Carolina faculty, this course was intended to assist practitioners in enhancing their collaboration, coordination, and effectiveness on rule of law issues in the field.

At this specific course held at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, DC, participants were presented with a panel on customary law and women's and gender issues consisting of a wide variety of expert panelists from the University of South Carolina, United States Institute of Peace, and the US Department of State.  The panel highlighted the implications of rule of law in countries with strong customary law or Shari’a systems and their influence on women’s and gender issues.

Interagency Rule of Law Short Course
January 31 - February 1, 2013

Washington, DC

Program

The Rule of Law Collaborative hosted its first short course training of 2013 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  The two-day course was designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and information amongst rule of law actors in the field. Participants received training on a variety of relevant and thematic rule of law issues, as well as had the opportunity to collaborate and interact with one another both during group exercises and scheduled program breaks.  

This particular course featured a case study on Sierra Leone, in which groups were asked to role play different U.S. Government agencies and create a realistic plan to address rule of law issues in the post-conflict state.

Interagency Rule of Law Short Course
September 13-14, 2012

Washington DC

Program

The Rule of Law Collaborative hosted its 7th short course training at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.  In this training participants gained a better understanding of the roles of various USG agencies (State, DOD, Justice, and USAID) in rule of law and recognized opportunities for interagency cooperation in identifying, funding, and implementing projects.

Participants developed additional skill sets in working in an interagency approach to critical problem areas, while deepening their understanding of root causes of conflict and state breakdown.

Interagency Rule of Law Short Course
June 7-8, 2012

Washington, DC

Program

At its 5th Interagency Rule of Law Short Course training hosted at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, the Rule of Law Collaborative offered several unique course modules geared towards complimenting interagency collaboration on rule of law promotion in the field.  Specifically, U.S. Government officials in attendance were provided with course modules on the rule of law missions of each core government agency and their mandates and objectives regarding rule of law programming.  

Participants left the two-day course with a better understanding of the goals and constraints of their colleagues, while discovering potential opportunities for interagency coordination on rule of law issues.

Interagency Rule of Law Training Course: Rule of Law Promotion in Fragile, Transitional and Post-Conflict States
May 7-12, 2012

University of South Carolina

Program

For its third week-long program at the University of South Carolina, the Rule of Law Collaborative offered an interagency rule of law training course titled "Rule of Law Promotion in Fragile, Transitional and Post-Conflict States" for U.S. Government personnel working in environments where rule of law is a critical element of their work.  The intent of the training was to highlight interagency, interdisciplinary and multilateral approaches to rule of law; address the relationship among security, rule of law and a wide range of other factors; and adopt a prospective and proactive posture in terms of both immediate and long-term rule of law challenges and potential interventions.

This training included original modules on land and water issues, customary law in the Middle East and South Asia, internally displaced persons, organized crime in South America, and the relationship between these seemingly disparate subjects and the rule of law.

Interagency Rule of Law Short Course
March 15-16, 2012

Washington, DC

Program

The Rule of Law Collaborative again hosted its Interagency Rule of Law Short Course.  At this training, participants were provided with an interagency panel of speakers from various U.S. Government offices with experience in rule of law programming in the field.  Speaking specifically on Afghanistan, panelists highlighted their experiences of progress and challenges working across agency lines in an active conflict environment.

Interagency Rule of Law Short Course
December 15-16, 2011

Washington, DC

Program

Held at Department of State facilities in Washington, DC, the Interagency Rule of Law Short Course was designed to bring members of various US Government agencies together to take part in rule of law training integral to their work.  Through this training U.S. Government officials, non-profit and private actors, and government contractors were able to engage with each other on various points of intersection on the promotion and implementation of rule of law policy and programs in the field.

At this training participants were presented with a course module on property and commons law, among others.  At the local level, conflict (and conflict resolution) revolves around effective mediation of disputes over rights of tenure and access to homes, land, and water, and to degradation of environmental commons.  This segment provided several case studies of relevant legal and regulatory mechanisms (both customary and legislative) at work in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Interagency Rule of Law Short Course
September 15-16, 2011
 

Washington, DC

Program

The Rule of Law Collaborative hosted its second Interagency Rule of Law Short Course at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.  This course featured modules on working with NGOs and international rule of law actors on rule of law promotion, and a briefing on transborder issues in Afghanistan/Pakistan.  To conclude the training, participants were given a planning case study exercise on South Sudan.

Interagency Rule of Law Short Course
June 30 - July 1, 2011
 

Washington, DC

Program

The Rule of Law Collaborative hosted another Interagency Rule of Law Short Course. One day one of the training, participants heard presentations on the underlying dynamics of interagency efforts to promote rule of law and working productively with NGOs and foreign entities on rule of law promotion. On the second day, participants listened to panelists from various academic and government backgrounds speak about the rule of law in Afghanistan and transborder issues in Pakistan. 

Interagency Rule of Law Training Course
May 9-13, 2011

University of South Carolina

Program

The Rule of Law Collaborative offered a week-long interagency rule of law training course at the University of South Carolina for U.S. Government officials working in areas where rule of law is a critical component to state stabilization in the regions in which they work.  This training featured modules on international law and human rights, non-state governance and rule of law, and civil law societies and rule of law.  

This training was intended to foster a broad-based understanding of the rule of law, build competencies for working on rule of law issues within fragile and post-conflict societies, and to focus on interagency and multilateral approaches to rule of law policy and programming.

Interagency Rule of Law Short Course
March 24-25, 2011

Washington, DC

Program

At the inagural Interagency Rule of Law Short Course, the Rule of Law Collaborative offered training segments on both general rule of law skills and planning exercises.  Topics featured at this course were combatting corruption, extra-legal governance and rule of law, and a presentation and case study on South Sudan.

Rule of Law in Transitional and Post-Conflict Zones
May 10-14, 2010

University of South Carolina

Program

This workshop drew upon the expertise of faculty from the University of South Carolina, leading authorities from other institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and officials working for the U.S. Government in a number of capacities within the transitional and post-conflict settings. During the course of the week-long workshop, panels focused on lessons learned in rule of law in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as discussed hurdles experienced in delivering rule of law in the field.

The workshop highlighted inter-agency, interdisciplinary and multilateral approaches to rule of law, and focused on paths of potential intersection for rule of law actors. The workshop was not designed to prepare participants for a particular deployment per se, but rather to promote sharing of expertise, knowledge, understanding and flexibility necessary to meet current and emerging challenges in international rule of law promotion.