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Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law

The center was created in early 2014 to establish a space in the academic community for the development and contribution of ideas in the field of Democratic Governance and Rule of Law. Already home to the only LL.M. program in this field, ONU is leveraging its investment and expertise with the center. Not just a research institution, the center and its people are engaged directly in rule of law development projects around the world.


The Center establishes multiple co-operative agreements and grants. Click here for our current list of initiatives.


Kosovo Faculty Legal Instructional Development (KFLID) – The State Department-funded  KLFID Program combines specialized instruction and experiential learning related to legal education and pedagogy with the LL.M. The program allows Kosovo law professors the opportunity to earn an LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law and a Certificate of Legal Pedagogy and Instruction. The grant was extended after its initial award and will provide eight scholarships annually through 2020. Click here for more information and to apply.

Rwanda Legal Capacity Building – In March 2017, the center was awarded a cooperative agreement by the United States agency for International Development to support Legal Capacity Building in Rwanda via a thoroughly structured program designed to build the capacity of Rwandan judges, prosecutors, lawyers and legal researches. Click here for more information about this grant program.