Apply 2018 4th Legal Empowerment Leadership Course in Budapest (Scholarships Available)

Deadline: August 12, 2018

Applications are now open for the 4th Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. This December, Namati is bringing 60 inspiring voices together at Budapest’s Central European University for the fourth annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. This gathering is an opportunity to learn from the first-rate faculty, tackle challenges we face in our work, and grow the movement for legal empowerment together.

The Legal Empowerment Leadership Course cultivates a global cadre of leaders who are committed to legal empowerment and share a common understanding of our field. The course, which will run from December 2nd till December 7th, is co-sponsored by Central European University’s School of Public Policy, the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at New York University School of Law, the Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati, and the Open Society Justice Initiative.

Under the theme Designing Effective Legal Empowerment Programs, a faculty of respected practitioners and academics will lead course participants in an in-depth exploration of key subject areas, including the conceptual framework of legal empowerment, community organizing and social movements, and the role of grassroots legal advocates in realizing systemic change.

The participatory course design will emphasize peer-to-peer learning through small group work, where each participant will have a chance to present and seek feedback on challenges or opportunities they encounter in their work.


Scholarships are available to a limited number of applicants on a competitive basis. Note that scholarships will not be available for applicants from donor institutions.


  • Open to practitioners, policymakers, donors, and researchers.
  • The course is intended for people whose work and interests are directly related to legal empowerment. This includes:
    • exceptional paralegals and leaders of civil society organizations who are running, or wish to run, legal empowerment programs;
    • parliamentary leaders and government officials (ministries of justice or development, centralized planning units, NHRIs) with the power to support or regulate legal empowerment efforts;
    • development agency representatives working on legal empowerment at an international or country level;
    • academics and researchers interested in working with legal empowerment programs.


Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Namati.


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