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ISSAT Forum: Achieving Impact and Sustainable Results in Security Sector Reform (SSR) through a Human Rights-Based Approach?

Given that the rule of law and respect for human rights are fundamental pillars of SSR, how can a human rights-based approach (HRBA) specific to SSR which adequately captures current norms and standards for justice and security provision be applied more effectively? Engage with the new question on the ISSAT Forum that requests good examples where a HRBA has been applied to SSR programming.


Resource Library

Policy and Research Papers

The Science of Justice: Race, Arrests, and Police Use of Force

What does equitable use of force look like? The Center for Policing Equity published a report investigating racial disparities in the use of force. The demographics of local arrest rates across 12 U.S. departments was gathered through the Center's project to provide national-level data and analyses on polic behaviour.

Crumbling States: Security Sector Reform in Libya and Yemen

The Carnegie Middle East Center writes an in-depth case study about the security sectors in Libya and Yemen, comparing their development and their collapse in 2014 due to a lack of security sector reform. It argues that both countries are now caught in a vicious circle: rebuilding effective central states and cohesive national identities requires a new consensus on the purpose and governance of security sectors, but reaching this agreement depends on resolving the deep political divisions and social fractures that led to civil war in both countries.


Towards a more just, secure, and peaceful world: Lessons from Albright and Axworthy

Speaking at the Hague Institute for Global Justice, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada Lloyd Axworthy unpacks the complex and interconnected issues of the European migration crisis, Brexit, and the recent string of terrorist attacks, putting to the front the three core themes of justice, security, and rule of law.

ISSAT Training Courses

Advanced Course on Security Sector Reform

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union will organise an advanced training course on “Security Sector Reform (SSR)” the 17th to the 20th of October in the Hague in partnership with DCAF/ISSAT.



Civil affairs officer | UNAMA | Kabul | Deadline: 31 July 2016

Non State Actors Project Research Adviser | Saferworld | Nairobi or Hargeisa | Deadline: 31 July 2016

Security sector development consultants, North Africa | Adam Smith International | Tunis | Deadline: Until position is filled.

Internship Opportunity - Offre de stage | DCAF-ISSAT | Geneva | Deadline: Until position is filled.

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