American Law Students Visit Hebron University Law School


A group of American law students from Washington and Lee University, Virginia, under the supervision of Professor Speedy Rice and Dean of the College of Law Dr. Mutaz Qafisheh, visited the Hebron University College of Law and Legal Clinic. This two-day visit came as part of a technical cooperation program between the two Palestinian and US universities.

The delegation met with Dr. Nabil Jabari, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, who talked about the vision of Hebron University to become an international university through bringing external experiences, sending students on scholarships abroad and teaching a number of courses in English. Dr. Jabari indicated the interest in connecting Hebron University with local and international community and markets through legal clinics and educational exchange programs.

The visit included a series of activities and workshops, including discussion amongst students and teachers, training sessions on legal aid, clinical legal education, United Nations standards on fair trial, legal ethics and professional responsibility, legal research and writing, case analysis, and human rights in the context of Israeli-Palestinian, particularly after the recent accession of Palestine to a number of international treaties. The delegation also visited a Palestinian court, observed hearings, and met with prosecutors.

This visit is supported by the International Legal Foundation, a New York-based non-governmental organization, which helped the Hebron University College of Law in setting up an off-campus legal clinic specialized in  criminal  law. The Clinic is providing pro-bono legal aid to the poor who are unable to afford lawyer’s expenses.