Apply for the 3rd Legal Empowerment Leadership Course in Budapest (Scholarships Available)

Apply for the 3rd Legal Empowerment Leadership Course in Budapest (Scholarships Available)

Deadline: August 28, 2017

Apply now for the 3rd Annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course taking place 4-8 December, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. The Legal Empowerment Leadership Course in Budapest is a unique opportunity to take stock of our collective knowledge and build upon it. Its aim is to cultivate a global cadre of leaders who are committed to legal empowerment, and who share a common understanding of the field, including history, methodology, and evidence.

A faculty of respected practitioners and academics will lead course participants in an in-depth exploration of key themes, including the history of the global movement for legal empowerment, the intersection of legal empowerment and community organizing, and the role of grassroots legal advocates in realizing systemic change or ensuring effective service delivery. The participatory course design will also emphasize peer-to-peer learning through small group work.

This year’s course, the third annual, has a theme of “Law and Organizing.” The course is a collaboration between the CEU’s School of Public Policy (SPP), Open Society Justice InitiativeNamati and the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU.


A limited number of scholarships covering travel, accommodation and the full cost of tuition will be available on a competitive basis. Note that scholarships will not be available for applicants from donor institutions.

For non-scholarship participants, the full cost of participation in the course is EUR 2,000. This does not include travel and accommodation.


The course is intended for people whose work and interests are directly related to legal empowerment.

 This includes:

  • exceptional paralegals and leaders of civil society organizations who are running, or wish to run, legal empowerment programs;
  • parliamentary leaders and government officials (ministries of justice or development, centralized planning units, NHRIs) with the power to support or regulate legal empowerment efforts;
  • development agency representatives working on legal empowerment at an international or country level;
  • academics and researchers interested in working with legal empowerment programs.


  • Please find the course brochure here.
  • Applications are welcome via the online application form
  • There, you will be asked to submit
    • a short problem statement, describing a challenge area or inquiry facing you in your work, or
    • a short proposal for research or action that you wish to workshop throughout the course; and
    • your CV.

For more information, visit Legal Empowerment Leadership Course.