Tajik Professors Gain Comparative Perspectives on Legal Education

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Nine Tajik professors attended the 5-day workshop which provided an intensive look at U.S. legal systems and teaching methodology.

June 2012

Continuing its efforts to support legal education reform in Tajikistan, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) hosted an April 30–May 4 training for Tajik criminal law professors in Dushanbe. Nine professors from the Tajik National State University, Tajik Russian (Slavonic) University and Khujand State University attended the training, which was led by visiting professors John C. Reitz and Kunduz Asanova of the University of Iowa. The workshop provided an intensive look at U.S. legal systems and teaching methodology.

Reitz, who has a background in comparative law and a wealth of experience teaching abroad, provided insight into the workings of the U.S. judicial system. Asanova, a native of Kyrgyzstan who has experienced legal education in Central Asia and in the United States, offered her comparative perspective.

Participants said that the training was helpful. Rano Abdullaeva said that the training will help the participants “implement the positive aspects of U.S. teaching methods” to prepare more qualified lawyers. Zainiddin Iskandarov, a professor from the Tajik National State University, said, “With the help of different examples and exercises, the trainers have successfully demonstrated to us how the philosophy of ‘justice for all’ works in practice.”

The training participants will travel to the U.S. in August on a follow-up study tour to Washington, D.C., and Iowa City. They will visit the University of Iowa Law School for a closer look at U.S. legal curricula and teaching. They will observe classes in the school’s LL.M. program. The tour will help participants gain insights into how U.S. law school administrations function, and will emphasize on exam procedures and teaching methodologies. During their visit, participants will meet with professors, administrators and other actors.

ABA ROLI’s legal education and exchange efforts in Tajikistan work to enhance the professionalism, knowledge and practical skills of legal professionals to improve access to justice and quality legal representation. The efforts are supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.

To learn more about our work in Tajikistan, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@americanbar.org

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