In partnership with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), the Centre for Human Rights will host a five-day intensive short course examining the international human rights standards, comparative good practice and emerging continental trends concerning oversight and accountability of the criminal justice system.

Course date: 23 - 27 May 2022
Venue: Online (Zoom)

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This course will draw upon longstanding expertise around human rights and policing, insights from practitioners within oversight institutions, and strategies from advocates in civil society and the media. Enhancing oversight of the criminal justice can directly contribute toward the objective of SDG 16 to build up effective, accountable and inclusive institutions to reduce levels of violence.  

This is a high-level course, particularly designed for practitioners working in the field of police accountability and oversight in Africa. Applications from judicial officers, post-graduate students with a relevant research focus, government officials responsible for relevant issues, and members of civil society groups experienced in and engaged with the issues are encouraged.

Applicants from around the world are invited. However, the course will have an African focus, and will be aimed at equipping African experts to play a stronger role in international discussions around these topics. Applicants from African countries are therefore in particular encouraged to apply, as are young scholars.

Topics will include:

  • Theories, Challenges and Opportunities for accountable policing
  • International standards for policing
  • Internal & external oversight mechanisms
  • Use of force in law enforcement
  • Management of assemblies (“public order policing”)
  • Forensic investigation
  • Police corruption
  • Torture/custody visits

Important: COVID-19 information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions, all courses will be conducted in a virtual format. Participants are therefore required to have access to a stable internet connection. The Centre for Human Rights will however review the situation from time to time and will advise applicants on the resumption of contact sessions.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and global lockdowns, the course will be offered online on Zoom.

Participation in the course therefore FREE of charge.


Since the course is FREE, scholarships are no longer applicable.

Application procedure

Please note: Applications closed on 15 May 2022. 

Important Notice:

A high proficiency in English is required to attend this course. All lectures and materials are in English. Prior to applying for this course, please read through the information on the practical information and the payment details pages.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Curriculum Vitae (short CV in PDF or Word document, maximum 3 pages, maximum 10 MB in file size)
  • One Letter of Recommendation (PDF or Word document, maximum of 10 MB in file size)
  • Academic Records (students only) (combined in one PDF or Word document, maximum 10 MB in file size)

*Please note that in order to apply for any of the Advanced Human Rights Courses, you are required to use a Google Gmail account.

Application deadline

Applications closed on 15 May 2022.

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Dennis Antwi
Project Manager: Advanced Human Rights Courses (AHRC)

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4197
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743

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