SHIRAKA Training Course on 'Administration of Justice'

Over a period of four years (2015-2018), the Asser Institute organises a Training Course on ‘Administration of Justice’, as part of the SHIRAKA Programme (previously called MATRA South), which has been developed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support sustainable democratic transition in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In the preceding years (2012-2014), the Asser Institute also organised this course as part of the MATRA South Programme.

The Training Course brings together judges, prosecutors and civil servants working in the justice sector in the countries of the MENA region to deepen their knowledge and skills and to equip them to lead and inspire the modernisation of judiciary and prosecution services in their home countries. The Course also aims at strengthening the participants’ ties with The Netherlands and the Dutch government especially between members of judiciary and their counterparts in the target countries. The Training Course offers insight in guarantees of the independence of the judiciary in the Netherlands, existing modalities of legal aid for better access to justice, the impact of internationalisation, out-of-court dispute settlement, and the initiatives of modernisation within the administration of justice.

The Training Course consists of 2 components: (1) a Training in The Hague; and (2) a follow-up Workshop in the region. The fourth and final Training Course takes place on 2-11 September 2018 (in The Hague) and in December 2018 (in one of the countries of the MENA region). 

Eligible countries

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates.

Course outline and content

The Training Course consists of a theoretical and practical component, as well as study visits. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Safeguards of Judicial Independence            
  • Rule of law principles as foundations of administration of justice
  • Integrity and Modernisation of the Judiciary
  • Integrity of adjudication and dealing with the media in the courts
  • Practical skills workshop 
  • Internationalisation of Administration of Justice  
  • Mediation practices and small claims procedures
  • Developing a Back Home Action Plan (BHAP) based on the knowledge acquired during the training

To complement the classroom content, several study visits will be organised.

Dates, location and language

The Training Course will take 2 weeks in total:

  • Part I: 2-11 September 2018, The Hague, Netherlands (Asser Institute)
  • Part II: December 2018 in one of the participating countries

The trainings will be delivered in English, with interpretation into Arabic. Participants are obliged to attend both parts in full. After completing the Course, participants will receive a certificate.

Costs and fees

The Dutch government will take care of all relevant costs for participants from countries on the OECD-DAC list. This includes international travel, board and lodging, visa and insurance, and tuition fees for the course. Participants from countries that are not on the OECD-DAC list will pay for their own international travel costs; flight tickets and visa. Board and lodging, insurance and tuition fees for the course will be covered by the Dutch government.  All applicants are responsible for the organisation and costs of travelling to the airport in their own country.


Registration is closed.

Download more information

Brochure AoJ STP 2018 FR.pdf
Brochure STP 2018 ENG.pdf