Over the years, the Institute has cooperated with and supported police services, prosecution authorities, the judiciary, lawyers/bar associations, and correctional services, as well as international and regional courts and tribunals in bilateral as well as regional capacity development programmes.
In recent years, the cooperation with justice sector institutions has focused in particular on human rights and corrections, as well as on justice training institutions and regional courts.
Through long-term commitment and a focus on building strong and equal partnerships with justice sector institutions, the Institute has experienced very good results in strengthening different capacities of partner institutions through the provision of customised support.
Many of the activities focus on the implementation of the different UN Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and special attention is given, when relevant, to the situation of women, children and other vulnerable groups in the justice system.
The Institute has also produced publications and training tools for law enforcement officers and actively contributed to the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice agenda.
In addition to drawing on internal expertise in this area, the Institute cooperates with leading experts in the field, and maintains an expert database for this purpose, including a specific roster for corrections experts.
Examples of support provided to justice sector institutions over the years are:
- provision of training and advisory services on the design, delivery and institutionalisation of human rights education at training institutions for justice professionals
- training for justice sector institution staff to perform their duties in compliance with relevant human rights standards and instruments, including through trainers of trainers and on-site trainings
- supporting and developing means and strategies for efficient cooperation among justice institutions and within the criminal justice chain, from a human rights perspective
- support to internal monitoring and evaluation initiatives
- development of human rights-compliant manuals and guidelines for the work of law enforcement and criminal justice institutions
- leadership training and advice on strategic development for justice sector institutions
- study and exchange visits.
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