Kingdom of Jordan to Host the Arab Council for Judicial and Legal Studies Headquarters

November 2008

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will host the Headquarters of the Arab Council for Judicial and Legal Studies (ACJLS), following a decision by Jordan’s cabinet and the completion of an agreement between the two parties. Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Salaheddin Al Bashir and Bahraini Minister ofJustice and Islamic Affairs Khalid Bin Ali Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, a founding member of the ACJLS, signed the agreement on behalf of the Kingdom of Jordan and the ACJLS, respectively.

The founding members of the ACJLS participated in the signing ceremony, and the ACJLS held the first meeting of its Board of Trustees to make key decisions regarding further institutional development of ACJLS and to refine itsprogrammatic focus. The ACJLS was founded in June 2006 to promote the rule oflaw and support judicial independence. It strives to enhance information sharing and best practices, implement training programs and raise public awareness of issues pertinent to the judiciary. 

While under formation, the ACJLS, with support from the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), has organized a number of trainings, hosted policy dialogues and published important resources for the judiciary. The signingceremony and board meeting marked a significant milestone in the organization’s institutional development. The ACJLS will now be able to realize the vision ofits founding members by establishing a center to provide high-quality studies,tools and trainings to support legal system development in the region Thecouncil was formed in response to recommendations made by judges, lawyers, andother members of the legal community at the Arab Judicial Forum, hosted by the government of Bahrain and US Department of State with ABA ROLI support in 2003.

For more information on our work in the Middle East and North Africaregion, e-mail the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at <rol@staff.abanet.org>.

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