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The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) launched its legal assistance program in Algeria in September 2005 by conducting a baseline assessment of the judicial system. The ABA ROLI has worked with a number of local partners, including the Ecole Supérieure de la Magistrature (ESM—the Algerian Judicial Training Institute), the Algerian Bar Association, the Judges’ Syndicate and the Ministry of Justice, as well as Algerian organizations that focus on women’s rights. The ABA ROLI programs are supported by the United States Department of State’s Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative and the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
On March 24, 2008, ABA ROLI entered into a formal agreement with the Algerian Ministry of Justice after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines a range of activities to be undertaken to support legal and judicial reform and education in Algeria. Under the terms of the MOU, ABA ROLI and ESM will develop a joint cooperation program for each successive year.