Course date: 17 - 21 July 2017
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is hosting a one-week intensive short course on Police Oversight and Accountability in Africa from 17 to 21 July 2017.
University of Pretoria Main Campus
About the course
Download the brochure for this course (2016)
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 (CHR), in partnership with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), has introduced a short course on Police Oversight and Accountability 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, scheduled from 17 - 21 July 2017, training is provided to practitioners, policy-makers, scholars and post-graduate students.
Topics may include the following:
- Police Oversight:
- Theories and systems
- Democratic Policing
- 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
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. Applicants from African countries are therefore in particular encouraged to apply.
All lectures and materials are in English, and proficiency in English is required to attend these courses.
The deadline for applications is 1 July 2017.
The course fee is ZAR 3 000.00 (US $ 450). This fee covers tuition, course materials, teas and lunch for the duration of the course. The fee excludes transport and accommodation costs.
A limited number of scholarships are available. Applicants must indicate on the online application form whether they wish to apply for a scholarship and provide sufficient motivation substantiating
why they require financial assistance.
Applicants should also indicate whether they would still like to be considered for admittance in the event that they are not granted a scholarship.