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Strategic Implications of Human Rights and Rule of Law 2024
Course Masthead - Strategic Implications of Human Rights and Rule of Law 2024


The course is specifically designed to address human rights issues associated with security forces in situations of armed conflict, peace time security and crime prevention operations, and peacekeeping missions. Despite that, it is suitable for a broader audience, including civilians who work within the military or police organizations. HR/ROL builds upon the knowledge, concepts, and practical tools imparted by Perry Center foundational courses and is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of theories, analysis, and case studies about human rights, international humanitarian law and the rule of law in the context of contemporary defense and security missions. The course analyzes current issues of human rights including human trafficking, refugee crises, representation and inclusion, technological spheres, and the role of NGOS, among others. Throughout the course, concrete case studies from the Western Hemisphere will be used to illustrate the range of topics covered in the human rights agenda. Participants will be exposed to a variety of paradigms and approaches about the rule of law, including legal traditions, historical events, and policy analysis.



Application Period:
20 Feb 2024 -
12 Apr 2024
Online Phase:
17 Jun 2024 -
28 Jun 2024
Active Phase Dates:
08 Jul 2024 -
19 Jul 2024


The course is designed to provide an educational opportunity for strategic thinking and analysis of human rights and the rule of law. Participants who complete this course successfully will be able to:

  • Gain a better understanding about the philosophical, theoretical, and legal foundations of human rights and the rule of law.
  • Comprehend the system of international human rights treaties and associated organizations, including the United Nations, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and International Criminal Court.
  • Assess the prevailing trends in the human rights field, its challenges, and its criticisms.
  • Understand the roles of various state and non-state actors in the identification of human rights and in their promotion and enforcement.
  • Engage in constructive dialogue on human rights and the rule of law with the US defense and security partners.
  • • Obtain policy skills to design and implement strategies that are compliant with human rights law and international humanitarian law.


Through a combination of lectures, breakout group discussions, and exercises, civilian and military participants become aware of and apply concepts critical to human rights, international humanitarian law and the rule of law. During lectures, group discussions, and discussions with visiting scholars, participants will understand decision-making processes and will experience the nuances and legal issues associated with these topics.

The course is broken down into the following segments:

  • Two-week online research and investigation phase, during which the participants review and analyze important literature concerning human rights, international humanitarian law and the rule of law.
  • Two-week in-residence phase, in which participants will engage in an intensive program of lectures, conferences, seminars, case studies, debates, exercises, and readings.


Candidates must be professionally engaged in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policies concerning human rights or international humanitarian law, coming from the following institutions/activities:

  • Personnel who work directly on human rights issues for the nation’s security forces.
  • Government personnel who work on human rights issues in organizations other than the military or police (e.g., Ministry of Justice, national legislature, military war colleges, etc.).
  • Personnel from civilian organizations that focus on human rights, including non-government organizations (NGO), academic institutions, and think tanks.
  • Police and active-duty military officers with the rank of lieutenant colonel and above, and senior non-commissioned officers and advisors in command positions.

Individuals are limited to receiving two (2) scholarships to attend in-residence courses per ten-year period, but are free to apply to additional in-residence courses in a fully self-funded status (the 18-month waiting period between attending in-residence courses still applies).

In accordance with Department of Defense policy, citizens of “high income” countries (as established by the World Bank) are not eligible for scholarships. As of 01 July 2023, this restriction applies to the following Western Hemisphere nations and territories:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Curaçao
  • Guyana
  • Panama
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Martin
  • Sint Maarten
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Uruguay

Citizens of these countries may still apply to courses, but in a fully self-funded status. Self-funded candidates must meet all eligibility standards and comply with all application requirements, including application deadlines, as well as being able to cover the expenses of their own travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals. US citizens cannot (by law) receive scholarships, but may also apply to attend in a self-funded status. US citizens and other self-funded candidates should contact the Registrar’s Office for additional guidance.

Candidates must possess a university degree or, in cases where a candidate does not hold a degree, equivalent practical experience. Military and police personnel must have completed a command and staff course or equivalent. Exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The HR/ROL course will be conducted in English only. Participants are expected to be fully proficient and conversant in English.


Arturo Sotomayor
Dr. Arturo Sotomayor
Course Director
Dr. William Godnick
Dr. William Godnick
Course Deputy Director