Seminar joins leading Iraqi and Lebanese legal academics on human rights education


(r to l) Prof. Chilbi Mallat, Min. of Justice Prof Ibrahim Najjar, Najaf Scholar Sayyed Hasan Bahr al-Uloom, Baghdad Law School Dean Prof. Ali al Rufaie

A closed workshop organized by Right to Nonviolence met in Beirut focusing on human rights in the curricula of higher legal education in Iraq as model for the region. The Initiative was supported by OSI, and saw the active participation of the Lebanese Minister of Justice, the President of the Shura Council, the Dean and professors from St Joseph’s University and the Deans and professors from the law schools of Baghdad, Basra, and Irbil, as well as the Regional Office for the Middle East of Amnesty International.

For the first time in history, the hawza of Najaf was represented in such a discussion, with a groundbreaking study by one of its most prominent scholars. With an extensive mapping of the curricula, both in the hawza and Divinity School of Karbala represented also by its Dean, the discussions resolved the need to develop the curricula to make human rights meaningful to the students and the citizens at large. Follow ups on the curricula in traditional and modern legal education across the Middle East were decided, together with the active involvement of the judiciary as the second phase for the Project. The debate was moderated by the chairman of RN.

RN publishes final report on Iraqi HR legal curriculum seminar - 30 March 2011

Lebanese Participants:

HE Minister of Justice, Prof. Ibrahim Najjar 
HH Chucri Sader, President of the Council of State
First Vice-Governor of the Lebanese Central Bank Sayyed Raed Charafeddine
Mr. Jihad Zein, An Nahar

St. Joseph’s University:

The Dean, Prof. Fayez Hage Chahine
Assistant Dean, Prof. Aida Azar
Dean of the Political Science Faculty, Prof. Fadia Kiwan
EU Jean Monnet Chair in law, St Joseph’s University and Presidential Professor of Law, University of Utah, Chibli Mallat  (Founder of Right to Nonviolence Association)

Iraqi Institutions:

Law Faculty of Baghdad University:

The Dean, Prof. Ali Al Rufaie
Prof. Hadi Naeem Khalaf

Law Faculty of  Basrah University:

Prof. Jaafar Aabd Al Sada Al Daraji, Public Law Department Head (On behalf of the Dean, Prof. Aqeel Mohammad Abd)
Prof. Wasfi Al Sharaa

Law Faculty of Salahaddin University (Erbil):

The Dean, Prof. Hussein Tawfiq Faidhallah

Najaf, The Hawza

Sayyed  Dr. Hasan Bahr al-’ Ulum

Islamic Faculty of Karbala University:

The Dean, Prof. Aabd Al Amir Zahed

International Organizations

Amnesty International ME Office Director Mr. Ahmad Karaoud

Right to Nonviolence Association:

Me. Samir Doumit

Ms. Trudi Hodges

Ms. Ivana Assy

Ms. Janaina Herrera

Me. Therese Aoun

Mr. Nader Diab


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