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ABA ROLI Supports Course to Build the Skills of Young Bahraini Lawyers

May 2012

For the fourth consecutive year, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) supported a continuing legal education course for young lawyers in Bahrain. This year, ABA ROLI provided training to lawyer trainees at the Bahraini Ministry of Justice’s Judicial and Legal Studies Institute (JLSI) on both negotiation skills and human rights. Dr. Mustafa Abdul Ghaffar, a leading human rights expert in the Middle East and North Africa region, delivered instruction to the lawyer trainees on issues such as international human rights instruments and the use of international human rights law in domestic situations.  Additionally, James Brown, an Oregon-based attorney with experience supporting MENA regional lawyers, presented training on negotiation skills and helped young lawyers examine case studies and explore the practicalities of making a claim or defending against one. 

The course was developed with ABA ROLI assistance and is delivered twice a year by the JLSI for pre-service lawyers.  ABA ROLI continues to provide international comparative perspectives on topics in response to the emerging training needs of Bahraini attorneys.  This program is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative. 

To learn more about our work in Bahrain, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at