Event Description

Dates and venue : May 6 to 10, 2019 in Barcelona.

Training Course on Judicial Affairs and Rule of Law in Peace Missions

Recognising the central place of the rule of law, the General Assembly at its 67th Session, held a High-level Meeting on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels on 24 September 2012 which reaffirmed their commitment to the rule of law and elaborated on the efforts required to uphold different aspects of the rule of law. The Declaration recognises “that the rule of law applies to all States equally, and to international organizations, including the United Nations and its principal organs, and that respect for and promotion of the rule of law and justice should guide all of their activities and accord predictability and legitimacy to their actions. Consequently, Rule of Law (RoL) constitutes one of the Key Pillars of the substantive operations of the United Nations in peacekeeping and political field missions. Every UN Security Council Mandate includes a RoL mandate to Field Missions, and constitutes a key component of peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities of the United Nations, and also feature strongly in the mandates of most UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), or the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), to name but two of the largest entities of the UN with strong RoL mandates and activities.

The Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) is the RoL Leading entity within the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) at the UN HQ and dealing directly with RoL Units within Field Mission that implement RoL Mandates in peacekeeping operations. RoL sections are typically headed by a Director (D1) and staffed at P5, P4, P3, P2, and NPO grades, engaged in a variety of areas ranging from capacity building for the judiciary, monitoring, penal management, institution building, traditional justice mechanisms, mapping and assessing, and a whole range of possible activities, which may include war crimes and prosecutions. Judicial Affairs professional paths are one of the most exciting and with the widest range of career opportunities within the United Nations.


This international training course will allow participants to understand the theory and practice of rule of law assistance in conflict-affected states. Through the use of case studies, interactive exercises and experience sharing, participants will expand their rule of law knowledge and skills to be better equipped to face the challenges of effective rule of law promotion and implementation.

The training course aims to familiarize  participants with the structures and methodologies in place to implement RoL strategies and programmes from a practical perspective. Specifically, it also aims to prepare participants for the recruitment processes as Judicial Affairs Officers with the UN Secretariat and field missions.

The overall objectives of the course are therefore to:

  • Provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of Judicial Affairs practice in UN Field Missions;
  • Receive extensive materials and practical guidance and insights from highly experienced current and former Judicial Affairs officers;
  • Provide participants with effective tools in a highly specialised area of UN practice;
  • Prepare candidates for recruitment as Judicial Affairs officers;

Provide an opportunity for candidates to network and develop mentoring relationships  with current and former practitioners within the United Nations.

For whom is this course?

The course is designed to benefit candidates wishing to become judicial affair officers with United Nations Field Operations, UN Agencies Funds and Programmes, and would be of interest to staff members in international entities, NGOs and corporations operating in rule of law activities and programme,  officers in Ministries of Foreign Affairs dealing with UN portfolios, and police officers contemplating  peacekeeping and observation missions as part of their pre-deployment training, and research institutes and other international organisations and donors supporting field missions.

Organized by

The Barcelona International Peace Center (BIPC) jointly 2gedar-PeaceOps and Development Network.

More info

JA19 – Full course description, registration and fees

JA19 – Application Form

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