Rule of Law Systems: Country Analysis Workshop


This workshop gives participants the skills to understand the justice systems of the partner nations with which they work, and better prepares them to engage in rule of law reform. The sheer complexity of justice systems can impair understanding of the relevant problems and, in turn, lead to ineffective program design and potentially compromised relationships with partners. A thorough understanding of the context in which U.S. Government professionals are assigned to work is the crucial foundation to effective program design, strong implementation, and concrete improvements in justice systems. This workshop helps program officers working with foreign justice systems better understand that context.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will learn how to map, analyze, and understand key features of a country’s justice system—including legal frameworks, institutions, and formal and informal actors—as a way to better identify context-specific interventions and opportunities; and
  • Participants will hone critical thinking skills and explore the breadth and depth of holistic justice systems.


The Country Analysis Workshop features the following Asynchronous Learning Modules (ALMs), short videos designed to reinforce the workshop’s learning objectives. Click below to access the ALMs.



Virtual Panel: Rule of Law Assessments

Karen Hall (ROLC) moderates a panel with Andrew Solomon (USAID), Greg Gisvold (ROLC), and Miranda Jolicoeur (USAID) on practical tips to conduct rule of law assessments based on the panelists combined decades of experience in the field.



Country Analysis: Tools to Remember for Thinking Politically

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how thinking politically can impact programmatic success.
  • Introduce key tools for political analysis.


Country Analysis: Key Steps to Conduct a Training Needs Assessment

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the function of a training needs assessment.
  • Be introducted to major steps in a training needs assessment and helpful practices


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