Lebanon Background

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) established its office in Beirut, Lebanon, in January 2007, with programs focusing on human rights, clinical legal education and anti-corruption. Among other things, we helped establish a human rights clinic at the University of La Sagesse Faculty of Law and form a national multi-sector network on the right to access to information and whistleblower protection. In August 2009, with financial support from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Development and Cooperation, ABA ROLI expanded its work to the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. There, working with local partners, we established a legal assistance center, the Northern Lebanon Public Service Center in January 2010. The center provides legal aid to the community, especially indigent and marginalized residents, including stateless persons, juvenile defendants, at-risk youth and refugees.