Sunday 05/04/2009
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Legal Education in the Arab World

College of Law held conference on "Legal Education in the Arab World".
QU College of Law hosted legal professionals from Qatar, the Gulf, Middle East and beyond for the conference "Legal Education in the Arab World: Current Status and Future Perspectives" on March 18-19.

The event was organized in conjunction with the American Bar Association (ABA).

QU Dean of College of Law Dr Hassan Al-Sayed led the opening statements on "Techniques and Challenges for Teaching Common Law, Civil Law and the Arabic Legal System". He was followed by VP and Dean Stetson University College of Law Darby Dickerson; Assistant Professor University of Hamburg Dr Sebastian Mock; Professor and Director of Quality Assurance Office, Jordan University Dr Basem Melhem; and Professor UAE University College of Law Dr Ahmed Shawky Mahmoud.

"The College of Law is pleased to be part of this conference where legal educators from across the Middle East and North Africa region and beyond will share information and methodologies on various aspects of law and legal education", Dr Al-Sayed said.

He further added: "Through these discussions, universities of the region will have more insight on how to better prepare law students with knowledge of not only law but how to apply the law in the courtrooms of our countries' governments".

Commenting on the conference, Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division of ABA Rule of Law Initiative Karen Kendrick said: "By sharing trends and innovations in international legal education, we will look at ways on how to incorporate them into Arabic law studies. We will also share our successes and lessons learned and seek recommendations on advancing legal education processes in the region".

Over 50 legal educators from Qatar University and universities in the region, USA and Germany attended the conference -- Jordan University, UAE College of Law, University of Hamburg, Stetson University College of Law, Sultan Qaboos University, Boston University, Cairo University, University of California Hastings, Bahrain University, La Sagesse University, Rabat Bar Association, New York Law School, Ecole Superieure de la Magistrature, Lebanese University, Isra'a University, Indiana University, Oujda University, Rabat University, Philadelphia University, Saint Joseph University, Beirut Arab University, University of Sharjah, Damascus University, Al-Quds University, Kuwait University, University of Tizi-Ouzou.

The conference addressed such topics as "International standards for LLM and post-graduate programs"; "Globalization in legal education and multi-lingual curriculum standards and assessment"; "Legal research and writing"; "Practical skills training, clinical programs and civic education"; and "Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and training for young lawyers".
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