Experimental Legal Education in a Globalized World: The Middle East and Beyond
Legal education is currently undergoing a paradigm shift. Traditional law instruction, lecturing and memorizing have become a fading fashion, with legal clinics increasingly cropping up. These allow law students to practice while studying and to contribute to social justice as part of the educational process. Students no longer accept one-way interaction from their professors, and demand interaction with their peers in various corners of the globe.
The Middle East is no exception here. Legal clinics can be found in most countries of the region, though there is scant literature on legal education in the area, particularly with regards to clinical legal education. This book fills this gap, and offers comparative cases that will benefit legal educators and justice practitioners in the Middle East and beyond. The region needs reform in all dimensions, including the political, economic, social, religious, legal, and educational. Legal education lies at the heart of securing such long awaited reforms. The book examines legal education within selected locations in the region, underscoring successful pedagogical models from various parts of the world.
This peer-reviewed book focuses on practical legal education, where learning is student-centered, particularly clinical legal education, field work, street law, pro bono service, legal advice, simulations, placements/internships, moot courts and mock trials, problem-based learning, case analysis, group work, role-play, and brainstorming. The book brings together 28 chapters written by leading legal scholars from across the globe, all concerned with the advancement of legal education, with making it more interactive, and contributing to bridging the gap between powerful and powerless communities.
Mutaz M. Qafisheh is the Dean of Hebron University College of Law & Political Science, Palestine, and Associate Professor of International Law. He received his PhD in International Relations and Law from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and is also a PhD supervisor at the University of Exeter, UK.
Stephen A. Rosenbaum is John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley School of Law, USA. He received his JD and MPP at University of California, Berkeley and is also a clinical skills instructor and consultant and a practicing human rights attorney.
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