The LGHR programme was established in 2012 to strengthen the governance and human rights aspects of future leaders across the Pacific Island countries. The aim is to embed capacities to monitor and document crimes, corruption and/or any form of injustice that puts our societies at risk of harm. A course on human rights defenders was launched in 2022 in partnership with Pacific Regional Office, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (DG201 - Introduction to the Role and Challenges of Human Rights Defenders and DG302 - Building Resilience among Human Rights Defenders).

Areas of Work

Programme Graduate Outcomes are:

  • Analyse the different styles of good governance, leadership and human rights and its principles and consider their integration and application into everyday life

  • Analyse critically and apply knowledge of good governance in the Pacific Island Countries and globally

  • Assess critically the increasing concern for the critical importance of good governance, leadership and human rights from a practical perspective and its application in the Pacific Island countries

  • Evaluate the scope and consequence of the human rights laws, conventions and treaties and how these affect us in the Pacific Island countries

  • Assess global issues relating to corruption, with a strong focus on Pacific Island Countries

  • Apply critically, knowledge and skills of human rights defenders in the Pacific Island Countries and globally

Atrocity Prevention Programs/Activities

  • Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conflict
  • Transitional justice
  • Impunity and amnesty
  • Coups d’état
  • Security sector reform
  • Human rights and development
  • Human rights defenders
  • Business & Human Rights
  • Faith, culture and human rights
  • Corruption/ Anti-corruption


Dr Natasha Khan, Diploma Coordinator

E: natasha.khan@usp.ac.fj