DCAF-ISSAT Terms and Conditions of Use

ISSAT’s website (the “Site”), its tools and information (the “Materials”) found on the Site are subject to the “Terms and Conditions” herein, and by using the Site you consent to be bound hereby.


The DCAF-ISSAT logo is proprietary. DCAF-ISSAT reserves all rights on the use of its logo. Use of DCAF-ISSAT’s logo requires the express written permission of DCAF-ISSAT. For permission to use DCAF-ISSAT’s logo please email issat.contact@dcaf.ch 


ISSAT will not sell any personal information about members to any third parties. ISSAT may use account information generically in order to revise its services or present findings from the use of its services.


Under ISSAT’s mandate to develop and promote good security and justice reform practices and principles, and to help its members to build their capacity to support national and regional security and justice reform processes, ISSAT strives to provide Materials to encourage good practice, knowledge sharing, coordination and capacity building. In order to achieve this, ISSAT hosts a Community of Practice with a Resource Library, which is a public repository for Materials deemed of use in the execution of the governance and development of the security and justice sectors.

Materials found on the Site may have been created by ISSAT, or by others. Please note carefully, the different terms and conditions associated with each:

ISSAT-Attributable Material

With the exception of the software used to run the Site, for which all rights are reserved, all Materials on the Site that are created by ISSAT are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. You may, therefore, use ISSAT Materials free of charge and make modifications to our work, including for commercial use, providing that your work is also available to others on a share-alike basis. The foregoing license is conditioned upon your providing attribution to ISSAT as follows: “ISSAT: ISSAT authorises the use of this material subject to the terms and conditions on its website http://issat.dcaf.ch/termsandconditions.”

ISSAT Materials are clearly distinguished by use of the following symbol

Non-ISSAT Attributable Material

All non-ISSAT materials, including material created by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), should be cleared with the author or publisher before uploading for hosting on our website. It must be clearly attributed to the author and publisher by completing the author and publisher fields of the online upload form, as well as the license information, which can be chosen from the drop-down menu, linked or pasted in. The licence information will enable others to know whether the material can freely be used further and under what circumstances. In the absence of license information, further use of the material, beyond ISSAT’s website, must be cleared at each instance by the author or publisher (subject to the exception of fair use).

If, as the author or publisher of a work, you feel your rights have been violated and wish to remedy this, please email issat.contact@dcaf.ch.


Opinions given on the Site, including those of ISSAT staff, and the hosting of resources on the Site does not necessarily imply endorsement by ISSAT and its Governing Board members. Whilst the Site endeavours to provide Materials of use to the good practice of SSR, we welcome debate, and as SSR develops, so practices and Materials may differ. If you feel that a particular Material or opinion on the Site is misleading or abusive, please email issat.contact@dcaf.ch.


In addition, you may not publicly represent or imply that ISSAT is participating in, or has sponsored, approved, or endorsed the manner or purpose of your use or reproduction of ISSAT Materials obtained from this Site. 


With the exception of copyrighted material that has been granted consent for hosting (see above), by submitting information on the Site, you grant to ISSAT a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, sub-licenseable, non-exclusive right to use, reproduce, display, modify, distribute, and create derivative works based upon (in any format whatsoever) the submitted information for any purpose.


Members may not use the Site to market or promote any commercial entity, or its products or services, in which they have any beneficiary stake, unless sanctioned by ISSAT. Members may, however, share information about commercial products or services, in which they have no beneficiary stake, provided those products or services meet a genuine need expressed by one or more of the other members.


Members are also solely responsible for ensuring that they do not act in any manner which constitutes, or forms a part of a course of conduct amounting to, a violation of any state, federal, international or other applicable law. This includes, but is not limited to, posting of content in violation of the copyright on that content. These terms and conditions for the use of the Site are governed by the laws of the Swiss Confederation.


Content that is abusive, vulgar, racist, sexist, libellous, harassing, misleading, or otherwise objectionable will not be tolerated and will be removed. Any form of direct or indirect personal attack will also not be tolerated, nor will any comment that calls for unlawful or illegal behaviour or that might result in harm to others.


The ISSAT  forums and Community of Practice (CoP) is a great place to engage with fellow security and justice reform practitioners to share expertise, lessons learned, contacts and other practical information that can help you to increase your knowledge, solve problems and get better results. Please help us to ensure a pleasant and productive experience for all CoP members by adhering to the following principles regarding the appropriate use of CoP information and general conduct within the community.

  1. Welcome and respect the diverse opinions of other members 
     We believe that diversity with mutual respect strengthens the community. We encourage discussions, debates and even arguments, but please share your thoughts politely and constructively.
  2. Exercise discretion when posting content that might be considered sensitive 
     While we endeavour to make the Site as safe an environment as possible for the open exchange of information, we cannot guarantee that information you share will remain within the boundaries of the community. To protect yourself and others, do not post sensitive information that could result in harm to you or to any other party should it be seen by someone outside of the CoP.
  3. Focus on what can be learned from security and justice reform challenges rather than who can be blamed for them 
     We believe that one of the greatest sources of learning is honest reflection and dialogue on the behaviours, approaches, events and other factors that may be inhibiting the success of security and justice reform programmes. When commenting on these factors, focus on the information required for learning while avoiding attributions or accusations that implicate other parties.
  4. Pay attention to the tone you use when you post comments
     Since members cannot see your facial expressions or hear your tone of voice, your words alone can easily be misunderstood. For example, sarcastic comments intended to be humorous can often be perceived as harsh, purposeful criticism.
  5. Remember that members may not be communicating in their first language
     The CoP membership is a highly diverse, multi-national group. When interpreting comments from CoP members, remember that many are not communicating in their first language. Should a comment seem out of place or confusing, seek to understand the author’s intent and, if necessary, ask for clarification before drawing conclusions.
  6. Take responsibility for what you say
     You are responsible for the content of any messages you post on the Site. We encourage you to use your real name and professional affiliation when you participate in the community. Whether you are networking online or in real life, you will want to know whom you are meeting.
  7. Exercise your own judgement when evaluating advice and other content from the CoP
     Content on the CoP website is based largely upon the experience and perceptions of authors both within and outside of the CoP. It is also constantly being updated to include the latest learning. When evaluating this content, consider the experience and credibility of the author, the date it was published and how it relates to your own experience before drawing conclusions for your own thinking and approach. Also remember that opinions expressed by members of the CoP on the Site are not necessarily shared or endorsed by ISSAT.


ISSAT may, in its sole discretion, terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the site, including, but not limited to, any discussion forums on its site, for any reason, including without limitation, breach of the Terms of Use. In the event that membership is terminated, the restrictions regarding posted information appearing on the site, and the representations and warranties, indemnities, and limitations of liabilities set forth in this membership will survive termination. In the event that you are unsatisfied with the services provided by ISSAT, your sole remedy is to terminate this membership.