The Rule of Law and Development Program (RoLD Program)

signifies collaborative efforts between the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) and the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School in bringing together young scholars and policymakers to learn from likeminded peers about the intricacies of the rule of law in contemporary contexts. As an integral part of the RoLD Program, the TIJ Workshop for Emerging Leaders on the Rule of Law & Policy seeks to strengthen human capacities to formulate and develop a true understanding of how the rule of law operates within our multifaceted society. Apart from the TIJ Workshop, the RoLD Program is comprised of the flagship Executive Program on the rule of law and development, the RoLD in Action or the application of the rule of law into real life cases, and the TIJ Public Forum.


The TIJ Workshop Experiences

The TIJ Workshop for Emerging Leaders offers a unique opportunity for practitioners from different sectors to engage with their global peers in policy dialogue facilitated by a network of international and interdisciplinary faculty from the TIJ and the Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School. This intensive week, designed exclusively for young and successful professionals, will unlock the complex and dynamic linkages between the rule of law and policy making processes in the economic, political and social development at local, regional and international levels.

The curriculum has been customized to ensure that participants benefit from peer-to-peer learning in order to strengthen their knowledge and skills for addressing the most pressing policy challenges in today’s global environment. Through peer-to-peer collaboration, intensive mentoring and cross-training, the Workshop aims to strengthen the next generation of policy leaders as they develop innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy, social justice and governance.   Participants will benefit from the mentorship of experts, professionals and thinkers by actively partaking in thematic discussions and policy case studies covering topics that highlight the fundamental roles of the rule of law in policy development that affects our daily lives.

Overall, the TIJ Workshop for Emerging Leaders offers a unique opportunity for policy practitioners from different sectors to engage with their global peers in dialogue facilitated by the faculty from the IGLP and TIJ network.

The TIJ Workshop will be convened concurrently with the Harvard IGLP Workshop for young scholars, an intensive, regionally-focused residential program for doctoral and post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty of law and policy from around the world.   The Scholars Workshop will focus on the important legal and political choices embedded in policy debates on issues facing Asia and the world.  Together, the two Workshops offer a unique environment for discussion between policy professionals and the most innovative young scholars undertaking research in their respective fields.


Spotlight Theme: the Rule of Law and Sustainable Development

The rule of law is no longer seen as only a complement to ongoing attempts at building peaceful and inclusive society, but it is the very cornerstone on which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) rests. It is like a thread which weaves through the 2030 Agenda, forming vital conditions that create conducive environment for the advancement of equitable and sustained economic growth, as well as full realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

In this respect, the rule of law and development are not only strongly intertwined, but are also mutually reinforcing. In order for public institutions to become more effective, accountable and inclusive, in accordance with SDGs Goal 16, it is crucial that relevant actors in all sectors come to appreciate the rule of law in all its complexities as the key factor in furthering development efforts at the national and international levels.    



The TIJ Workshop focuses on peer-to-peer learning and the necessary skills for understanding the policies and initiatives that affect their lives and the world at large, while drawing upon the rule of law as a guiding framework.

Participants will have opportunities to:

  • Work with colleagues in TIJ Policy Workshop Teams to share their practical or policy experiences, brainstorm a range of innovative approaches to familiar challenges, and benefit from peer-to-peer engagement with guidance and mentoring from experienced faculty;
  • Participate in TIJIGLP interactive mini-courses offered by IGLP faculty to review current scholarly developments and engage in case-based learning while engaging with young scholars of law and policy from around the world;
  • Learn from experts during Plenary Lectures on engaging topics related to global law and policy;
  • Cultivate their skills in offering feedback, presenting experiences of their peers and synthesizing their own thoughts in a concrete policy discourse;
  • Join the Field Trip and experience policy development at work;
  • Present their views and concluding thoughts in a Public Forum organized by the TIJ; and
  • Enjoy a uniquely Thai experience at the Cultural Outing in an exclusive setting.


Should Attend

Young and successful professionals from diverse fields of work including government, social entrepreneurship, businesses, and civil society organizations, among others, who are

  • inspired to learn about the Rule of Law and its connection to their field of work
  • determined to make a change in the policy making process
  • ready to cultivate the network established at the Workshop in support of their roles as agents of change in society


  • The TIJ Workshop is designed for policy professionals and practitioners. Interested academics and scholars are encouraged to apply to the concurrent IGLP Workshop designed for researchers and university lecturers.
  • Candidates must have at least 10-12 years of working experience.
  • An important prerequisite is English language proficiency. All program materials, classes, and discussions are in English.

Travel &

The TIJ will sponsor meals, single-occupancy accommodation, round-trip transportation and course materials for all admitted participants.

Round-trip airfares will be reimbursed up to USD 1,000.

Admitted participants who require a visa to enter Thailand are responsible for their own visa application and applicable fees. The TIJ will issue a visa support letter upon request.

Airport transfer between the airport and the accommodation will be provided.