2021 Legal Empowerment Leadership Course (1st Virtual Edition)

April 30 - May 17, 2021

As the world continues to react to the effects COVID-19 and attempts to build back better, unfortunately for most communities, the justice gap continues to widen. The exacerbation of justice issues has led to more than five billion people living outside the protection of the law and lacking meaningful access to justice. We are witnessing rising cases of gender based violence and police brutality, lack of access to essential services, not forgetting unfair distribution of vaccines and health services. We seek to turn this tide through legal empowerment; enabling people to understand, use, and shape the law.

The Legal Empowerment Leadership Course is a unique opportunity to take stock of our collective knowledge and build upon it to strengthen a global movement for justice. As of 2019, the LELC had been held annually for five years. But in 2020, due to the coronavirus, we took a break and used the opportunity to change our delivery strategy for this great learning opportunity.

We are pleased to announce that this year, the course will be held virtually for the first time. In this pilot virtual course, we will be working with a select group of participants who will engage in collective learning in a ten-day-long online program.

This course hopes 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 conceptual framework of legal empowerment, community organizing and social movements, and community driven data collection and analysis for advocacy.

The participatory course design will also emphasize peer-to-peer learning through small online working groups and special skills sessions around virtual community organizing, promoting legal services remotely, power mapping and innovative financing.

Stay tuned for more updates. :slightly_smiling_face: