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Minister of Justice Mohammed Bouzoubaa and ABA Regional Director Richard Paton sign a cooperation agreement in Rabat, Morocco, May 3, 2007. Photo credit: Television Moroccain TVM
A new cooperation agreement was concluded on May 3 between the Rule of Law Initiative and the Moroccan Ministry of Justice (MOJ). Minister Mohammed Bouzoubaa and Morocco Director Richard Paton signed the agreement in the presence of U.S. Ambassador Thomas T. Riley, senior representatives of the MOJ and the U.S. embassy, and the press.
The agreement solidifies an ongoing relationship, established in 2005, between the ABA and the Moroccan MOJ. Programming provided for in the agreement includes training for judges and prosecutors, development of standardized judicial training materials on women’s rights, and promoting the adoption of judicial ethics.
Minister of Justice Bouzoubaa emphasized the importance the Government of Morocco attaches to the technical legal assistance provided by the American Bar Association and celebrated the renewed cooperation agreement with the ABA as a positive sign of the growing relationship between the entities in the area of legal cooperation. Ambassador Riley followed the Minister’s remarks by saying, “We in the United States Mission to Morocco are extremely proud of the effective cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and the American Bar Association over the last two and a one-half years. … I am impressed with the collegiality between the ABA and the Institute Superieure de la Magistrature as the electronic training curriculum on the 2004 family law has been developed. And, I am naturally thrilled by ABA’s success with the first legal training clinic in Morocco at Hassan II University.”
The ABA is the only Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) implementer in Morocco to have concluded a formal cooperation agreement with a Moroccan ministry. The Rule of Law Initiative's programs in Morocco are made possible by the generous funding and support of the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.