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Training Sessions for Women Legal Professionals in Lebanon and Algeria

Training Sessions for Women Legal Professionals in Lebanon and Algeria

Participants and trainers in the Algeria E-Commerce Event.


 The Lebanon Hub of the Arab Women’s Legal Network (AWLN), sponsored two training events recently in Beirut.  The ABA Rule of Law Initiative has been supporting the development of the AWLN and its associated national-level hubs since 2004.  The first event, held on May 25, 2007 at St Joseph’s University, featured Professor Pierre Catala of France, an internationally recognized expert on e-commerce law and author of Lebanon’s draft e-commerce legislation.  This inaugural conference was followed by a two-day workshop for women legal professionals on e-commerce and the law.  AWLN members, judges, academics, practicing lawyers and legal consultants in Lebanon attended these events.

The AWLN Algeria Hub also recently has sponsored training workshops for women legal professionals.  The first conference, held on May 30 and 31, 2007 in Algiers, provided women instruction on leadership and communication skills.  On June 6 and 7, 2007, the Hub presented a training workshop in the city of Oran to introduce women legal professionals from the Western part of Algeria to the topic of alternative dispute resolution.  Finally, the hub conducted a workshop on the legal aspects of e-commerce in Anaba in Eastern Algeria on June 20 and 21, 2007.  Approximately, twenty-five women lawyers, law professors, legal consultants and judges attended each of the two-day workshops.

Administered by voluntary organizing committees, the Hubs help the Network focus professional development activities at the country-specific level.  The variety and number of successful workshops indicates that volunteers have come to play an important role in assisting the AWLN to promote the advancement of Arab women working in the legal field.