We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the 3rd annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. Over 400 people from more than 70 countries applied to this one-of-a-kind course at the Central European University (CEU) each of the first two years. The course has received the largest number of applicants for any course held at CEU and the course evaluations were among the highest they’ve seen. We are looking forward to meeting this demand once again and putting together an equally promising course this year.
This year’s course has an overall theme of “Law and Organizing.” The course will be structured around three case studies: institutionalization of paralegal services with a focus on South Africa, the right to health and essential services in India, and the evolution of the legal empowerment movement in the Philippines.
International experts will also lead sessions on issues such as the intersection of law and organizing, how to translate grassroots experience into systemic change, and how to effectively learn from program data. Additional sessions will discuss the history of the movement and the latest impact evidence in the field. There will also be daily peer-to-peer, small group discussions for participants to work through challenges and questions with other practitioners and faculty directly.
The course runs from 4 – 8 December 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. Scholarships are available to a limited number of applicants, as are tuition waivers on a competitive basis. We invite applications from representatives of civil society organizations, governments, development agencies, and universities. Applications are due no later than August 28th 2017.
This year’s course is a collaboration between the Central European University, Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU School Law, The Open Society Justice Initiative, and Namati. For more information, visit the CEU website to fill out the online application1 and download the full course brochure at the following link. GPA-Legal Empowerment Leadership booklet.pdf1 (1.0 MB). For more information about last year’s course, you can read this blog post on the event.