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HMG Security and Justice Training Course

Social Sciences
Sunday 9th (00:00) - Thursday 13th September 2012 (00:00)
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Venue: University of Birmingham

Future dates:

  • 09 - 13 September 2012


A practical case study orientated introduction to security and justice for practitioners, exploring in detail the linkages between the security and justice sectors and the benefits and challenges of a coherent approach.

Participants will be drawn from the FCO, MOD, DFID, MOJ, Home Office and from the Justice Assistance Network. Representatives from partner countries, bilateral and multilateral donors and NGOs will also be invited to participate.


This is an immersive and participatory three and a half day training course, which mimics as closely as possible the real-life experience of designing, implementing and reviewing a security and justice intervention in a developing country. Recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, the course aims to replicate the experiences of: working with different partners who are often themselves working towards differing and sometimes conflicting priorities; working with only partial access to information; and working under time constraints.

Beginning from the perspective of an ordinary citizen and their day-to-day experience of security and justice provision, delegates will analyse real life situations, design solutions, test their approaches against experience, and learn from their own and others’ mistakes. Given that security and justice interventions are dependent on context, participants will gain a better understanding of how to take advantage of the skills, resources and experiences of others.

The course is entirely based on real life situations - each day develops skills for a different phase in the programme cycle and concentrates on a different country context.

Day One: Analysing and designing:

  • Key security and justice concepts and principles
  • Exploring fundamental differences between judicial and legal systems in different contexts
  • Assessing gaps in provision and exploring state and non-state programmatic and institutional solutions

Day Two: Implementing:

  • Exploring how to achieve change in practice with an emphasis on local ownership

Day Three: Reviewing:

  • Reviewing a real-life case study: identifying successes, failures, missed opportunities and unintended consequences

Morning Four Summary and implications:

  • Review, reflection and evaluation of the preceding three days
  • Summary of key lessons and implications for delegates’ work and a discussion of available HMG and international resources

Skill sessions:

Plenary sessions will be supplemented by optional skill sessions tackling specific subjects based on demand from delegates.


The course will be deivered by a team of experts who understand and share delegates’ governmental dilemmas, and others who will challenge assumptions and represent the voice of the citizen.


This three and half day residential course will take place in Birmingham. The course venue provides a learning environment that is conducive to cross-departmental networking and exchange.


  • 09 - 13 September 2012

Note: All courses will begin on Monday morning and end with lunch on Thursday afternoon. However, participants are encouraged to arrive on the Sunday evening for an informal meal at 7pm.


The course is fully funded by the UK Government and there is no fee for HMG staff (those working for the UK Government), representatives of partner country governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, and civil society and NGOs. Accommodation, meals and course materials will be provided free of charge for the duration of the course. Please note that participants/employers are responsible for international or domestic travel costs to and from the course venue in Birmingham.

How to register

Please contact Shiv Bakrania (contact details below) to register your interest in the course. Places can only be confirmed once final approval is given by HMG.

Contact details

Please contact Shiv Bakrania (University of Birmingham) for more details or to register your interest. E: T: 0121 414 5038/5009

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