Rule of Law Fundamentals (INL 101/201)



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This course was intended for new INL foreign service officers and incoming headquarters-based program officers. It introduced participants to important principles and concepts in rule of law and justice sector reform that they will encounter in their jobs, such as competing understanding of the rule of law, cultural considerations regarding rule of law expectations, the holistic nature of justice systems, and the complex dimensions of corruption. In addition, the course provided participants with an understanding of important rule of law program-related needs. The course was held entirely online, incorporated a mix of synchronous and asynchronous content, and gave participants opportunities to think through strategies for tackling the kinds of complex rule of law problems that practitioners encounter. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Participants became familiar with fundamental knowledge required in an INL posting, including concepts, terminology, and resources in rule of law and justice sector reform; 
  • Participants gained a basic understanding of practical aspects of rule of law and justice sector programming done by INL, such as assessments, program design, and monitoring and evaluation; and 
  • Participants improved their capacity to synthesize complex information about rule of law challenges and propose solutions to those challenges that they will encounter in their INL assignment.