Dr. Nabil Jabari welcomed at his office the law dean and students who won the national round of Jessup Moot Court Competition, before they head to Washington, DC, to represent Palestine at the international championship. After listening to the team's members, Dr. Jabari said that he is proud of this achievement and wishes the team the best of luck at the Jessup finals in DC. He expressed his gratitude to the law school, its students and faculty who are trying to put Palestine tirelessly at the global stage.
It is to be mentioned that the Legal Clinics of Hebron University have led students of Hebron Law School towards the victory and qualification as the best team in the national round of Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition in International Law, the largest moot competition in the world. Six universities participated in the competition: Hebron University, Birzeit University, An-Najah University, Al-Quds University, American-Arab University, and Palestine Private University. Trials were held in the Palestinian city of Ramallah on 30 and 31 January 2016 and the award was declared at a ceremony attended by Minister of Justice, Chief Justice, President of the Bar Association, the US Consul General, legal experts, judges, lawyers, government officials, diplomats, deans and professors. The competition has been organized by the American Bar Association, with financial support from the US State Department. The team was trained extensively by the Legal Clinics.
The students who formed the Hebron University's team are: Ms. Diana Hashlamoun, Ms. Fatma Hermas, Mr. Thaer Ewiwi, Mr. Karim Katbeh, and Mr. Anas Natsheh. Hebron University's team was also ranked as the top oralist, a title obtained by Diana Hashlamoun. The team was coached by Mr. Belal Fanoun, a clinical lecturer at the Law School, under the supervision of Dr. Mutaz Qafisheh, Dean of the Law School and and the founder of the legal clinics. The team will represent the State of Palestine at the global competition to be held in Washington DC in March and April 2016. The completion attracts participants from almost 700 law schools in more than 90 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice. The Jessup moot started at Harvard University in 1960 and it opened its doors internationally in 1968.
Hebron clinics started in 2011 with one clinic. They currently house 12 clinical programs, including Pro-Bono General Practice Clinic, Labor Law Clinic. Human Rights Clinic, Women Rights Clinic, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Family Law Clinic, Street Law Clinic, Academic Freedoms Clinic, Trade Marks Clinic, Legislative Drafting Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, and Environmental Law Clinic. The Clinics, previously hosted by a small Department of Law and Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Sharia, contributed to the establishment of the Law School in 2013. The College adopted clinical approaches across its curricula. A number of courses were turned entirely into clinical pedagogy, including "Refugee Law Course", "Human Rights Course", and "Administrative Law Course". In these courses, students carry out clinical-like activities, including receiving actual cases, conducting field research, holding moot courts, organizing advocacy and public awareness campaigns, and hosting practitioners as trainers. The College of Law of Political Science is the only law school in the Middle East that grants legal specialization at the undergraduate level. It hosts four departments: Department of Public Law, Department of Private Law, Department of Law & Jurisprudence, and Department of Political Science.