For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

2/15/2006

UW School of Law to Host Conference for Afghan Law School Deans

Seattle – The University of Washington School of Law Asian Law Center will host a study tour of deans, law professors and ministry officials from Afghanistan February 19-25, 2006. The group will include representatives from the law and Shari’a faculties of Kabul University.

The Afghan delegation will engage in discussions with the faculty and dean of the UW law school focusing on how to build and sustain a law school, as well as curriculum development.

“Decades of war led to a catastrophic neglect of the legal systems in Afghanistan,” said Professor Clark Lombardi, “but Afghan judges, lawyers and educators today have tremendous vision and dedication.” Lombardi is an expert in Islamic law who has worked with the Afghan government on law reform.

The conference is part of the Asian Law Center’s Afghan Legal Educators Project, funded by a $2 million US Department of State grant in December 2004. The grant supports the UW law school to provide post-graduate legal training to faculty members and curriculum development to train the Afghan legal community. As part of the project, the center will provide in-country seminars, English language training to program candidates and a conference of legal educators in June 2006, jointly sponsored by Kabul University.

“Rule of Law requires stable, robust legal institutions. Helping our Afghan counterparts establish viable legal education is an important project consistent with the public interest priorities of the UW law school,” said Veronica Taylor, Asian Law Center Director. “This is the first opportunity in decades for many of these deans to visit a law school in an industrialized country.”