The SCIInstitute has numerous international organizational partnerships shared with the World Engagement Institute (WEInstitute), its US-based institutional counterpart. WEI's mission and activities reflect numerous of SCII's objectives and purposes. Its mission is facilitating professional connections with universities and international organizations for the development of globally responsible leaders and sustainable communities. WEI’s activities and services center on international capacity building projects, professional trainings and worldwide institutional partnerships.
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About WEI and SCII
The World Engagement Institute (WEI) is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary and academically-based non-governmental organization with a unique and diverse set of capabilities. WEI’s mission is to facilitate capable and professional global engagements for international sustainable development and poverty reduction. Each of WEI’s multi-disciplinary senior staff has at least thirty years experience designing, funding and implementing rule of law, institutional development and human rights projects throughout the world. WEI’s senior staff have a special regional focus on South and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Arab and Muslim World. Drawing on academics, professionals and operators, WEI is also linked to a large network of subject matter experts concentrating on legal and judicial capacity-building, human rights development, economics, social policy, technology, local and regional society enhancement, and culture.
WEI specializes in institutional capacity building and training programs. These include providing assistance and expertise in national judicial construction and/or reconstruction, as well as in training judicial personnel (including administrative personnel), developing new or enhanced legal procedures, aiding ethics and transparency programs, integrating human rights concepts within security force reform, supporting new legislation and assisting with a variety of other activities. The Institute’s personnel have also designed training manuals and capacity building programs that run from one-week to two-years (or longer) and provide certificates and long-term support for participants.
As both an academically and professionally-based institution, WEI’s staff routinely works closely with scholars and practitioners from a diverse background in law, social sciences and policy studies. The Institute’s staff develops academically-based education and training programs, introduces participatory practices (such as moot courts) to foreign law schools and legal professionals, and works with local partners on national conferences, publications and educational programming thus linking professionals, faculty, students, NGOs, government officials and others.
WE THE PEOPLES
The WEI motto “we the peoples for a better world” synthesizes the collaborative, participatory and community development approach of the Institute. In partnership with local and regional agencies and through multi-sector collaborations with governments, academic institutions and United Nations programs and initiatives, WEI is on the forefront of developing human rights based and capable sustainable communities.
WE INSTITUTE WORLD WIDE
WEI’s senior staff personnel have worked in virtually every region in the world, specializing in the development of context-sensitive projects developed in close association with local governments, NGOs and experts.
AFRICA AND ASIA WEI’s work in Asia includes working with the Vietnamese Government, the Vietnamese Lawyers Association and NGOs on constitutional reform, anti-trafficking programs and legal education. Senior staff personnel have also worked in Thailand and India on anti-trafficking and access to justice initiatives.
ARAB WORLD For two decades, WEI’s personnel have established close links to high level rule of law professionals as well as academics and others associated throughout the Arab and Muslim world. WEI’s staff have worked with consultants to train over 2,000 judges, prosecutors, lawyers and legal scholars throughout the region. WEI’s staff have also published books in Arabic on international criminal law, international human rights, legal procedure and democratic governance. And WEI’s staff have worked extensively on international justice issues in the region, including a special focus on international justice and support for the International Criminal Court.
IRAQ From 2004 to present, the Institute’s staff have managed at least ten rule of law, capacity building and human right projects and have worked with government agencies, NGOs, international organizations, and local universities.
AFGHANISTAN Since 2004, WEI’s staff and associates have been involved with a number of rule of law initiatives in Afghanistan, including projects to train Afghan judges, police and counter-narcotics officials. Projects have involved work in rural areas covering nearly half of the country’s districts.
MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA Since 1991, the Institute’s staff have worked in Mexico and Central America on a variety of projects, including human rights documentation, capacity building for indigenous peoples, assistance for lawyers and judges and support for truth commissions in El Salvador and Guatemala.
LATIN AMERICA WEI’s senior staff have worked throughout the region on a variety of initiatives, including designing and managing trainings for public defenders, multi-country research projects on trafficking and the relation between education and human rights. The Institute’s staff have worked closely with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and other aspects of the regional system.
EUROPE WEI’s staff have trained judges, lawyers and other legal professionals throughout Europe, managed substantial projects related to the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and worked on many programs related to international justice issues, often working with government officials and the United Nations
AFRICA AND ASIA WEI’s work in Africa and Asia has included working with the Vietnamese Government on Constitutional reform, anti-trafficking programs and legal education. Senior staff personnel have also worked in Thailand on anti-trafficking and access to justice initiatives.
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