Calendar of Recent and Upcoming JUSTRAC+ Trainings & Symposia

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Combined Core and Advanced Training: Anticorruption

December 1-3, 2020


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Description: 

Corruption is among the most significant restraints on efforts to promote prosperous and healthy societies. This combined training program and workshop introduced participants to the manifestations of corruption (day one) and to key skills for parsing problems and context (day two), thereby improving their ability to match interventions to problems in program design and implementation. On day three, program officers and those with design and implementation responsibilities had an opportunity to continue their learning and to dive deeper into methods of combatting corruption through better practices in public administration, civic engagement, and other types of corruption-aware programming.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will learn how to identify and define corrupt practices;
  • Participants will understand the variety of consequences that stem from corrupt practices; and
  • Participants will be able to identify a range of modalities for combatting corruption and apply them to corrupt environments.

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Symposium: Disaggregating Transnational Crime: New Research and a Development-Focused Typology

January 28, 2021


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This symposium highlighted work UNODC has done to develop a holistic, statistically grounded analysis that measures the “who,” as well as the “what,” of organized crime. In this symposium, UNODC focused on the origins, challenges, and outcomes of its efforts. Through interviews in the Western Balkans, it has gathered much-needed baseline data enabling assessment of technical assistance needs, planning of future operational activities, and measurement of the success of policy interventions. UNODC anticipates this new framework test will improve the granularity of understanding of organized crime in the Balkans, as well as provide a model to other countries and regions around the world.

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Symposium: Strengthening Rule of Law Approaches to Address Transnational Organized Crime

March 4, 2021


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This symposium will highlight efforts by USAID to strengthen rule of law approaches to transnational organized crime. In this symposium, USAID will introduce and discuss a programmatic guidance document that synthesizes their findings on such topics as government complicity in organized crime, the phenomenon of convergence in criminal markets and its relevance for USG programmatic responses, and the role social norms play in compliance with the law, organized crime, and corruption. USAID’s findings draw from five multi-sectoral roundtable discussions that focused on different dimensions of rule of law and transnational organized crime; as well as a USAID review of the work of a regional mission, a mission in Latin America, and a mission in Africa.

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Symposium: A Toolkit for Countering Corruption-Enabled Transnational Organized Crime

March 23, 2021


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Description:

This symposium will introduce an interactive Toolkit developed by the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative. The Toolkit will focus on transnational organized crime enabled by corruption, and it will include an introductory video, a Practice Note, and accompanying Annexes. The Practice Note will explore the multifaceted challenge of corruption-enabled transnational organized crime by exploring Foundational Knowledge; Diagnosis and Assessment; Program Design and Implementation; and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning. The Practice Note will also include practical guidance for practitioners and USG program officers seeking to combat corruption-enabled transnational crime with a focus on associated illicit financial flows.

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Rule of Law Systems: Program Development Workshop 

March 30 – April 1, 2021


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Description:

This workshop will focus on the development of rule of law interventions and will foster further understanding of country context and justice systems from an interdependent perspective. The program will occur over three days, and participants will learn through a mix of interactive lecture, practical hypothetical exercises, office hours, and small-group discussion of a sample project developed by the participant in order to develop better programming decisions. Because this program builds on the skills learned in ROLC’s Country Analysis Workshop, those considering participation are encouraged to take the Country Analysis Workshop first, but it can also be taken as a stand-alone workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to construct a rudimentary context map of their target justice subsector in their country of focus;
  • Participants will be able to construct a project design specific to their reform “target,” (institutional, capacity, procedural, etc.) considering identified complexities and assumptions; and
  • Participants will have developed a refined project design over the course of the workshop.

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Rule of Law Systems: Program Development Workshop 

April 13-15, 2021


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Description:

This workshop will focus on the development of rule of law interventions and will foster further understanding of country context and justice systems from an interdependent perspective. The program will occur over three days, and participants will learn through a mix of interactive lecture, practical hypothetical exercises, office hours, and small-group discussion of a sample project developed by the participant in order to develop better programming decisions. Because this program builds on the skills learned in ROLC’s Country Analysis Workshop, those considering participation are encouraged to take the Country Analysis Workshop first, but it can also be taken as a stand-alone workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to construct a rudimentary context map of their target justice subsector in their country of focus;
  • Participants will be able to construct a project design specific to their reform “target,” (institutional, capacity, procedural, etc.) considering identified complexities and assumptions; and
  • Participants will have developed a refined project design over the course of the workshop.

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Program Measurement Workshop

May 2021

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Under development

Learning Objectives: 

Under development

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Rule of Law Systems: Country Analysis Workshop

May 2021

Description: 

This two-day 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.

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Rule of Law Systems: Country Analysis Workshop

June 2021

Description: 

This two-day 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.

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Core Training: Rule of Law Fundamentals (INL 101/201)                           

June 2021

Description: 

This course is intended for new INL foreign service officers and incoming headquarters-based program officers. It introduces 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 provides participants with an understanding of important rule of law program-related needs. The course will be held entirely online, will incorporate a mix of synchronous and asynchronous content, and will give participants opportunities to think through strategies for tackling the kinds of complex rule of law problems that practitioners encounter.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will become familiar with fundamental knowledge required in an INL posting, including concepts, terminology, and resources in rule of law and justice sector reform;
  • Participants will gain 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 will improve 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.

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