This year, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) helped prepare a team of students from Jordan University, Yarmouk University and Isra’a University to compete at the 2009 Wilhelm C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. In this five-minute podcast, law student Salma Zibdeh, ABA ROLI Country Director Maha Shomali and Professor Nisreen Mahasneh discuss their experiences preparing for and participating in competition.
Since 2005, ABA ROLI has implemented legal education programs in Jordan to engage professors and students in skills-building workshops and other activities. These efforts are designed to introduce alternatives to the lecture- and exam-based methods typically used in Jordan.
Through this programming, ABA ROLI experts have built capacity among local professors to train students using these methods and to organize their own moot court competitions. As a result, several Jordanian universities have incorporated moot court into their curriculum, and students are requesting that these types of activities be an integral part of their education.