Strategic Implications of Human Rights and Rule of Law (HR/ROL)

Application Dates:
Nov 01, 2017 to Feb 09, 2018
Online Phase Dates: 
Apr 02, 2018 to Apr 27, 2018
Residential Phase Dates: 
May 14, 2018 to May 25, 2018
Perry Center Faculty: 
Course Director / Director del Curso
Course Deputy Director / Subdirector del Curso

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This course is tailored in response to the defense policy goals of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and the objectives of the Combatant Commands ; particularly those related to the critical mission of the US Government and the Department of Defense to strengthen whole-of-government approaches to the promotion of democratic accountability, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.

COURSE GOALS

Human rights and the rule of law are cornerstones of liberal democracies. As such, the HR/ROL course seeks to identify and develop methodologies and techniques that help:

  • understand and analyze the complex topics of human rights,
  • improve human right policy writing, and
  • facilitate and accelerate the acceptance of human rights norms within the security and defense sectors of democratic systems.

COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Designed for government and non-government officials professionally engaged in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policies concerning human rights or international humanitarian law, the learning objectives of this course are to deepen the participants’ understanding and analysis of complex topics of human rights, the rule of law, international humanitarian law, military professionalism, the law of armed conflict, and transitional justice. The course will also examine issues such as the use of military force to promote human rights; the development of international criminal courts, truth commissions, and other instruments of transitional justice; the intersection of humanitarian and human rights law, with an introduction to war crimes, crimes against humanity and the specific crime of genocide; the use of the military in domestic law enforcement operations; human rights considerations involving globalization and transnational corporations; and the human rights dimensions of terrorism.

COURSE STRUCTURE

This is a six-week course, with a four-week online phase and two-week residential phase. Participants use National Defense University's (NDU) distance learning system Blackboard, to download reading material, submit assignments and participate in video conferences. The resident phase is conducted using a combination of individual study, discussions of the readings, small-group discussions and panels, case studies and exercises.

ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS

Candidates must be professionally engaged in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policies concerning human rights or international humanitarian law, coming from the following institutions/activities:

  • Personnel who work directly on human rights issues for the nation’s security forces.
  • Government personnel who work on human rights issues in organizations other than the military or police (e.g., Ministry of Justice, national legislature, military war colleges, etc.).
  • Personnel from civilian organizations that focus on human rights, including non-government organizations (NGO), academic institutions, and think tanks.

Candidates must possess a university degree or, in cases where a candidate does not hold a degree, equivalent practical experience. Military and police personnel must have completed a command and staff course or equivalent. Exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


The HR/ROL course is conducted in Spanish. There is simultaneous interpretation from English during some plenary sessions. Minimum professional reading skills are desired for candidates to read theoretical and conceptual materials. English speaking skills are not required.