Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INPROL

INPROL MEMBERSHIP

FORUMS

INPROL PUBLICATIONS

DIGITAL LIBRARY

TECHNICAL SUPPORT


 

GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INPROL

What is INPROL?
The International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL) is a global, online communityof practice, comprised of some 1,700 rule of law practitioners from 80 countries and 300 organizations. Members come from a range of relevant disciplines and backgrounds. What they all have in common is the fact that they work on rule of law reform issues in post-conflict and developing countries, from a policy-, practice- or research-perspective. They also share a desire to learn and innovate together as a community in order to improve their rule of law knowledge and practice. INPROL is an online forum, residing at www.inprol.org

INPROL is spearheaded by the US Institute of Peace in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement; the Center of Excellence for Police Stability Unit; the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, Strategic Police Matters Unit; William & Mary School of Law; the Pearson Peacekeeping Center and the International Institute for Law and Human Rights.  INPROL also has a number of affiliated organizations and research institutions. The day-to-day operations of INPROL are supported by the INPROL Coordination and Research Team based in Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, Canada.

How do I contact the INPROL Staff?
To contact us, please send an email to INPROL@inprol.org


 

INPROL MEMBERSHIP

Who can join INPROL?
The INPROL community warmly welcomes new members. Membership is free and open to individuals who are currently working on rule of law or policing reform/assistance in a post-conflict or developing country. Some members will be working on these issues in-country, while others may be based in their home countries.  INPROL members from the policy-, practitioner- and research communities are all welcome.

INPROL is a selective membership organization. Therefore, individuals need to apply to join the INPROL community. To join INPROL, please click here. You will be asked to submit a short summary of your professional experience and your areas of expertise. Before you are granted access to secure parts of the site, your registration will have to be approved by an administrator. Once your membership is confirmed, you will receive an email welcoming you to the community and you will be free to access the website.

How do I apply to become a member of INPROL?
To join INPROL, please click on Join INPROL and fill out the application form. You will be asked to submit a short summary of your professional experience and your areas of interest. Your application will then be sent to the INPROL Staff, when it will be reviewed. Once your membership is confirmed, you will receive an email welcoming you to the community and you will be free to access the website.

How do I unsubscribe from INPROL?
If you wish to remove yourself from INPROL membership please send a message to INPROL@inprol.org.


 

FORUMS

What are the Forums?
INPROL currently houses three discussion forums: (1) the Rule of Law Forum; (2) the Police Forum; and (3) Facilitated Dialogues.

The Rule of Law Forum is an online venue where a member can come to pose a question, or request for information, on a general rule of law issues to the INPROL community. Once the question is posted, fellow-members will respond and share knowledge, advice and insights, as well as practical resources. The INPROL Coordination and Research Team will also conduct research on the question posted.

The Police Forum is a similar online venue where a member can come to post a question or request for information on a policing-related issue to the INPROL community. Once the question is posted, fellow-members will respond and share knowledge, advice and insights, as well as practical resources. The INPROL Coordination and Research Team will also conduct research on the question posted.

The Facilitated Dialogues page allows members to come together to converse on the big questions that face the rule of law field.  It is a space for learning, exploration and innovation, where members can collectively think about how we enhance the success of our work. Facilitated Dialogues will be hosted by leading scholars and practitioners in the rule of law field, who will pose a powerful question to catalyze a dialogue. All members are invited to contribute to the dialogue. 

How do I post a query?
INPROL members may submit queries to INPROL in two ways: first, they may post queries online in the Discussion Forums; and second, they may submit their query via email to INPROL@inprol.org. All queries will be reviewed by INPROL staff prior to going live on the INPROL website.

Why is my query not posted?
Your query may not be posted and live on the website because it has not yet been reviewed INPROL staff.  If the INPROL staff needs to clarify your query, you will be contacted by email.


 

INPROL PUBLICATIONS

What publications does INPROL produce?
Currently, there are two streams of INPROL publications: (1) Research Memoranda; and (2) Practitioners Guides.

A Research Memorandum is drafted in response to a member query posted on INPROL’s Rule of Law Forum or Police Forum. It draws upon member responses posted on the forums in response to the query, but is also the product of independent, high-quality research on the question at hand conducted by the INPROL Coordination and Research Team.  

A Practitioner’s Guide is a primer on a specific rule of law issue or area. It seeks to provide an introduction and overview of this area, as well as distilling best practices and approaches, where relevant.

Who drafts INPROL’s publications?
INPROL has a core research team responsible for developing its publications.


 

DIGITAL LIBRARY

What is the Digital Library?
INPROL maintains a Digital Library on its website, which contains a library of high-quality rule of law resources from leading rule of law organizations and authors.

For copyright reasons, the INPROL library does not house the documents on its website but contains links from which members can immediately access them. The library includes links to laws, international standards, articles, reports, tools, training resources, web-resources, multi-media resources, book references and INPROL publications.

Members can search for, or browse, specific resources on a given topic. The Library is broken down into categories that mirror the Rule of Law Topics page. If you would like background information on a particular area, please go to the Rule of Law Topics page, from where you can search for resources. If you would like to look only at resources without background information, you can use the search engine on the Library page.

Can I submit a document to the Digital Library?
Yes, INPROL welcomes the submission of document to the Digital Library. Please send your document or the weblink to INPROL@inprol.org.

When I click on a web link, nothing happens.
The INPROL server may be opening a new browser window to display the weblink. If you have your browser set to suppress "pop-up windows," your browser may be suppressing the links. Change your browser preferences to allow "wanted" window pop-ups. Another possibility is that the link may no longer be valid. Please email INPROL@inprol.org to report a broken link.


 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

How do I get technical support?
If you believe your problem is related to INPROL and not your own computer or network, please send an email to INPROL@inprol.org  explaining the problem.