Legal Profession Reform
The ABA Rule of Law Initiative's (ABA ROLI’s) activities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) focused on strengthening the institutional training capacities of the Dubai Legal Affairs Department, the Jurists Association and the Federal Institute of Judicial Training and Studies (IJTS). Our programs helped to enhance the skills of continuing legal education (CLE) instructors, developed CLE courses and assisted partners in conducting training for legal professionals, including on emerging legal issues and on core professional skills.
Judicial and prosecutorial education
ABA ROLI helped the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the ITJS in strengthening educational programs for Emirati judges and prosecutors.
Our work with the MOJ focused on offering a series of comparative international training courses for Emirati judges and prosecutors on topics including human trafficking and money laundering. We also developed a legal English course.
ABA ROLI’s partnership with the ITJS included the development of a special course for new ITJS instructors. The course focuses on interactive teaching techniques and quality assurance procedures. ABA ROLI also helped the ITJS develop skills-building modules for existing courses and training programs on specialized topics, such as domestic violence.
Practical skills for lawyers
We partnered with the Dubai Department of Legal Affairs to support practical skills trainings for Dubai-based government lawyers. The trainings addressed topics such as contract drafting, alternative dispute resolution and litigation skills.
Additionally, ABA ROLI supported local partners in developing a series of basic legal skills programs for new lawyers to help them develop their practice skills. Courses in the series included negotiation and legal research and writing.
Harmonizing regional continuing legal education
The UAE is also part of ABA ROLI’s regional program to adopt CLE standards throughout Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. By building on ABA ROLI’s assistance to GCC countries’ development of model CLE standards, ABA ROLI is supporting efforts in the UAE to adopt CLE standards by drawing upon comparative best practices from the U.S. and Europe, and facilitating collaboration between GCC judicial training institutes and other entities. UAE law firms and other Emirati entities will also serve as part of a regional CLE consortium, and will create and distribute CLE through expert training, e-learning modules and other media to GCC lawyers.