Civil Society Weighs in on Judicial Monitoring Framework

The March roundtable ABA ROLI and ACJLS convened in Bahrain brought together regional and international judicial experts to discuss the pending judicial monitoring framework.

The March roundtable ABA ROLI and ACJLS convened in Bahrain brought together regional and international judicial experts to discuss the pending judicial monitoring framework.

May 2010

Continuing its work to improve human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) recently organized two substantive meetings on the development of a justice sector monitoring framework. The framework, under development in partnership with the Arab Council for Judicial and Legal Studies (ACJLS), will enhance the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) to monitor the effectiveness of their justice sectors.

To support the framework’s development, ABA ROLI and ACJLS formed a working group of international experts from the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In February, ACJLS launched a blog to serve as a discussion platform for the working group members. The blog will later foster idea exchange among CSO representatives.

In March, following a series of virtual meetings, ABA ROLI and ACJLS convened a roundtable in Bahrain that brought together regional and international judicial experts. The experts offered technical analysis of the framework’s methodology and provided recommendations on making the framework most useful to local CSOs.

In April, ABA ROLI hosted a meeting that included representatives from U.S.-based organizations that implement CSO programs in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In addition to sharing their experiences working with international CSOs, the representatives reviewed the framework and offered feedback on its content and on making it adaptable to diverse local contexts. The recommendations will guide the rest of the framework developing process.

To learn more about our work in the Middle East and East Africa, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@staff.abanet.org.

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