A three-week long human rights course is underway for 102 future court clerks from the Royal Academy of Judicial Professions in Cambodia (RAJP).
The 27-hour course has been integrated into the standard curricula for court clerk students at RAJP and is compulsory .
Andreas Ljungholm, Head of RWI’s office in Cambodia says: “We are pleased to see that the course has been institutionalised and continues to have a sustainable impact on human rights education in Cambodia. It is important to integrate human rights courses into standard curricula at key institutions and not only offer stand-alone courses that have no relation to the institutional frameworks.”
During the course, the court clerk students will meet ten experienced lecturers coming from both national and international backgrounds. In order to follow the regular schedule at RAJP, the course will take place over three weeks with classes meeting between three and four times weekly. At the end of the course, students will be required to take an open book exam.
H.E Chhorn Proloeung (President of RAJP) and Mr. Ljungholm presided over the official opening of the course.
Ms. Ly Ratana and Dr. Andreas Inghammar co-taught the “Introduction to Human Rights” session. Ms. Ratana – who is a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Humanitarian Law at the Royal University of Law and Economics – has been involved in many previous RWI activities. She participated in RWI’s first Regional Human Rights Initiative in 2014 where she produced a paper on Cambodian migrant domestic workers. She has also partook in RWI’s Intensive Training Programme and spent one month at the Institute in Sweden.
Dr. Inghammar, Associate Professor at the School of Economics and Management at Lund University, is currently spending one year at the Institute’s office in Cambodia. In his role as visiting professor at Pannasastra University, he has developed and taught courses at the RWI-supported Human Rights Master Programme. In addition, he is mentoring number of Cambodian researchers.
This is the second group of court clerk students to receive the RWI-supported human rights course.