The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in partnership with African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), is hosting a one-week intensive online course on Police Oversight and Vulnerable Groups in Africa from 6 to 10 September 2021.
Course date: 6 – 10 September 2021
Venue: Online (Zoom)
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.
About the course
Given the relative nascence of police oversight and accountability as an area of both academic and professional endeavour, the issue has, despite its obvious and critical importance, a limited profile in Africa.
There are few people that actively operate in the field, and who can boast a complete set of skills, particularly in the area of police oversight.
The Centre for Human Rights, in partnership with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), are presenting a short course on Police Oversight and Vulnerable Groups in Africa.
The aim of the course is to profile police accountability and oversight as a human rights and governance concern, and assist in building a community of practitioners on the continent who can become active advocates for increased accountability of the police, and who are skilled to identify and act in terms of overseeing the actions of the police.
During the one-week intensive course, training is provided to practitioners, policy-makers, scholars and post-graduate students.
Topics may include the following:
- Police oversight: Theories and systems
- Democratic policing
- The architecture of police oversight
- Police oversight in Africa: Challenges and opportunities
- Internal and external oversight: Systems and practice
- Police Standards: Overview of relevant International and regional standards monitoring police action
- Police corruption
- Use of force
- Public order and policing elections
- Custody visits and citizen oversight
- National security and access to information
- Policing gender and sexual violence
- The role of the police in investigating and prosecuting sexual and gender related crimes
- Working with the police to improve public health outcomes of key populations
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.
Please note: Applications close on 23 August 2021.
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.
Applications close on 29 March 2021.
Overview of previous courses
For more information, please contact:
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