Program Expands Training Opportunities for Practicing Algerian Lawyers

August 2011

Algerian lawyers have limited opportunities to participate in professional training after they have entered practice. They face challenges in remaining informed on new developments in the profession, as they lack formal opportunities to continue to develop and hone their practical skills or to learn about current trends in areas such as law practice management.

Acknowledging the needs in this area, several Algerian bar associations, along with the national institute for magistrates, have prioritized developing continuing legal education (CLE) programs. In spring 2011, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Middle East Partnership Initiatives, collaborated with bar associations throughout Algeria and the magistrate’s institute to conduct a series of CLE workshops in Sidi Bel Abbes and Algiers. More than 2,500 lawyers from throughout Algeria took part in the workshops, which addressed issues identified by ABA ROLI’s local partners. Topics included access to justice and legal aid, ethical responsibilities of legal professionals, and the investigation and prosecution of money laundering cases.

ABA ROLI also helped train 55 Algerian trainers on methodologies for and best practices in teaching CLE programs.

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

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