Announcing New INPROL Partners

September 26, 2011 - 11:22am

INPROL is pleased to announce three new INPROL partner organizations: the Strategic Police Matters Unit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe; the Institute for International Law and Human Rights; and the Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post Conflict Justice at William & Mary Law School.

The OSCE Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU), based at the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, supports policing in all OSCE participating States as part of the rule of law and fundamental democratic principles and, through assessment, expert advice and assistance, develops accountable policing services that protect and aid their citizens. The SPMU has a network of police advisers in several OSCE missions or field operations. They frequently respond to requests for participating States for specific expert advice on policing and police-related activities. Please click here for more information.

The Institute for International Law and Human Rights (IILHR) is based in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium.  The Institute helps states in transition to democracy develop the capacity to strengthen the rule of law and build respect for human rights. With a staff of diplomats, parliamentarians, human rights activists, and attorneys, IILHR has a strong track record of implementing successful programs that help local partners build support for human rights and the rule of law. Members of IILHR’s staff have participated in legal, legislative, and civil society capacity-building programs in the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe.

The Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post Conflict Peacebuilding at William & Mary Law School is based in Williamsburg, Virginia. The program is lead by Professor Christie Warren, who is a member of INPROL’s Rule of Law Council of Experts.  It serves as a hub for research and technical assistance for international legal workers in the field. Its work bridges the gap between resources available at law schools and the great need for them in the field, where people engaged in the difficult work of peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction often labor without regular electricity, internet or other basic services.  Members of William & Mary’s Law School faculty work with law students in conjunction with College faculty from other departments, such as the anthropology, religion, political science and government departments, to provide an interdisciplinary context for the work they do.  In the spring semester, 2010, Professor Warren, along with INPROL Director, Vivienne O’Connor, co-taught a course called INPROL, in which students conducted research for INPROL queries.