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Kick off “Towards a Responsive Criminal Justice System in the Philippines”

Rights2LIFE: Towards a Responsive Criminal Justice System in the Philippines is a capacity-building and research project between Ghent University and the University of Cordilleras in Luzon, the Philippines.

The Filipino nation currently faces worsening disregard for the rule of law and disrespect for human rights, as evident in glaring extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests and detentions, etc. Achieving a responsive criminal justice system will usher the dream of reaching the sustainable development goal of peace, security and strong institutions. In the process, the University of the Cordilleras becomes a lead university in promoting a responsive criminal justice system through education and research. The Theory of Change is built on the following intermediate changes along the six domains of change: a Human rights-based education in place; a strengthened research and development attuned to the needs of the times; enlightened and empowered communities through outreach; competent criminal justice movers among the faculty members, students and the community; a system-transformation multi-stakeholder partnership in human rights advocacy; and well- equipped laboratories and library resources for advanced criminal justice education and research.

Tine Destrooper and Elke Evrard will collaborate with other academic partners to implement this project in the next four years.