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Moroccan and European judicial experts engaged in discussion during the study tour in Holland
The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) continued its work to build the institutional capacity of the Moroccan judges’ association, the Hassania, through a four-day study tour in The Hague and Leiden in the Netherlands on January 21-24, 2008.
The goal of the tour was to strengthen the Hassania’s partnerships with other judges’ associations in order to improve the association’s organization and role in promoting judicial reform. Five senior judges and prosecutors of the Hassania Board met with prominent leaders of one of Europe’s most effective judicial associations, the Dutch judges’ association (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Rechtspraak), and discussed judicial independence, court management, judicial conduct, and management of judicial associations. In addition, Hassania members had the opportunity to meet with members of the Dutch Public Prosecution, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Justice.
The Moroccan delegates considered the study tour to be a success; not only did the Hassania share and learn important information about safeguarding judicial independence, but the Hassania was able to establish a more permanent link to the Dutch association in order to gain further technical assistance. The Hassania Board has already prepared a draft memorandum of understanding citing judicial and legal activities largely inspired from the discussion held in Holland, and Board members hope to formalize the MOU in the upcoming months.