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ABA ROLI Supports Faculty Development at the UAE’s Judicial Institute

May 2012

In January, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) hosted a week-long faculty development program for the Institute of Technical and Judicial Studies (ITJS) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The seminar is part of ABA ROLI’s ongoing technical assistance to support the ITJS in developing its institutional trainers’ capacity.

Mira Gur-Arie and James Buchanan of the Federal Judicial Center developed the course, which will help the ITJS faculty deliver effective continuing legal education programs to legal professionals in the UAE. Participants explored modern judicial training methods, adult learning pedagogies, and the use of case studies and technology as part of classroom presentations and interactive exercises. The sessions also included support for ITJS programming, workflow management and course coordination. The 15 trainees practiced the teaching techniques and began developing a teaching manual for other ITJS faculty, with plans to integrate the course into the ITJS’s faculty teaching curriculum. 

ABA ROLI’s work to build the practical and professional skills of Emirati judges, lawyers and prosecutors is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative.

To learn more about our work in the United Arab Emirates, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at