ABA ROLI Expands its Continuing Legal Education Program in Egypt

Fifty young lawyers and recent law graduates attended the continuing legal education trainings.

Fifty young lawyers and recent law graduates attended the continuing legal education trainings.

August 2009

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), the Cairo Regional Centre for International Arbitration (CRCICA) and Cairo University organized two seven-week continuing legal education (CLE) programs in spring 2009. The trainings, which were attended by 50 young lawyers and recent law graduates, covered practical legal skills in legal research and problem solving, memo writing, contract drafting, oral advocacy and negotiation.

The CLE trainings culminated in moot arbitration arguments, during which trainees represented opposing parties in a fictional commercial transaction, before three arbitrators from major Egyptian firms. The arguments were based on the Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods and the procedural rules of CRCICA. Local arbitrators complimented trainees’ thoughtful arguments and speaking abilities.

Following the successful Cairo programs and encouraged by positive feedback from participants, ABA ROLI expanded the program to Alexandria in July. The Alexandria training was conducted by ABA ROLI Legal Specialist Jason Levine. The four-week program exposed 25 students to a range of developmental training materials. The CLE courses will help to expose lawyers with latest developments in the profession.

To learn more about our work in Egypt, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at <rol@staff.abanet.org>.

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