Professor Lutf Rahaman Sayeed of Kabul University’s Shar’ia Faculty was talking about Global Rights’ Practical Legal Education (PLE) program in Afghanistan. He said that many Hafidh, those who have spent their lives memorizing the Koran, adopt this method for their studies.
|Practical Legal Education Program Partners' Conference|
When I heard the quote, I knew that Professor Sayeed had hit the nail on the head in explaining how Global Rights trains the next generation of lawyers in Afghanistan.
We have worked closely with the Law and Shar’ia faculties in Afghanistan since 2005 to craft two unique practical legal education courses, as well as a well-received legal fellowship program.
Our program is designed to be hands on so that fourth-year Law and Shar’ia students acquire practical legal skills, as well as a clear understanding of human and women’s rights. Almost 1,800 students at Kabul, Nangarhar, Al-Biruni, Balkh, and Herat Universities have been through one or more of the PLE components:
- Young Lawyers in Training Program (YLTP) expands access to justice through intensive training in Afghan civil and criminal procedure, and in international human rights law for Law and Shar’ia students in their final year of study.
- Legal Fellowship Program (LFP) provides fellowships to promising young Law and Shar’ia graduates to work in Afghanistan’s formal justice sector and in local human rights and justice non-governmental organizations.
- Family Law Clinical Education Pilot Project (FLC) offers practical training in family law matters to Shar’ia students.
Last weekend, we had asked our partner universities to come together for the Partners’ Conference to give us feedback on our PLE program and to discuss how we could continue to work together to strengthen it. I heard time and time again from faculty and student alumni how much better prepared students are to enter the workplace having gone through Global Rights’ PLE program. Therefore, feedback included the desire to expand the program at our current universities so that more students could attend the PLE course and to expand the program to more universities throughout Afghanistan.
|Group at Partners' Conference|