This December, we’re bringing together 60 inspiring voices for the fifth annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course (LELC) at Budapest’s Central European University.
The course is an opportunity to learn from first-rate faculty, tackle challenges we face in our work, and grow the movement for legal empowerment together.
We want you to be with us! Applications are now open for the LELC. The deadline to apply is August 8th.
“The course was extremely useful for me. I learned a lot in terms of methodology, using technology to showcase our efforts, and organizing communities to generate greater impact,” notes Fatima Diallo of Natural Justice who attended the 2018 LELC. “I would recommend this course to my colleagues 200%!”
The course will run from December 1st through December 6th and is co-sponsored by Central European University’s School of Public Policy, the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at New York University School of Law, the Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati, and the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Participants will dive deep into three case studies and explore vital questions for our movement, including:
- How can legal empowerment efforts adapt to changing political context, including a rise in repression?
- How best to blend legal services and organizing?
- How can legal empowerment advance gender equality? Land and environmental justice?
The course includes practical skills sessions on topics like power mapping, community legal education pedagogy, and using case data for advocacy. Participants will also have an opportunity to distill research questions to advance the evidence base behind legal empowerment.
The participants themselves are the best part of the course. Our emphasis is on peer learning. Everyone will come with challenges or live questions they are grappling with and, by working together, will leave with action plans to advance their work.
“To be in this space and learn about data, programming, strategic partnerships, and building power is extremely important. That is often not taught in our communities, not passed down,” recalls Jhody Polk, a 2018 LELC participant and Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow. “The course gave me confidence as a marginalized, directly impacted person that the dreams I have are possible. It has been a privilege and an honor to be in this space.”
We invite applications from practitioners, policymakers, donors, and researchers. Scholarships are available for a limited number of applicants on a competitive basis.
The legal empowerment community is a kind of archipelago. We are scattered across the globe, and often work isolated from each other, even when we hail from the same country. But when the tides bring us together at the Legal Empowerment Leadership Course, it’s a rare communion where we can learn, build bridges, and extend our movement to meet injustice wherever it may live.