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Governance and Rule of Law: Professional Fellows Exchange, Engaging Youth

the application period for this program is closed

Up to 15 relevant policy makers, youth activists, educators, community organizers, researchers, legal experts, police and justice officials and others involved with youth justice from Ireland and Northern Ireland will be selected to engage with their American counterparts during a month-long fellowship on the American practices of good governance and the rule of law.

Successful applicants will explore the ways in which the U.S. seeks to promote justice and the rule of law.  Special attention will be given to reviewing the intersection of good governance and juvenile justice including but not limited to issues of transparency, age-appropriate accountability systems, community interventions, alternatives to incarnation, family engagement, coalition building, media outreach and advocacy campaigns. The role of government policy, the courts, policing, law firms and other private legal entities, and non-governmental organizations relationship with juvenile justice, may also be examined. Following the internship portion, there will be an eight-day trip to Washington, D.C. where participants will join in the Professional Fellows Congress. The program is sponsored by the Irish Institute at the Center for Irish Programs, Boston College, and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.