Legal and Judicial Reform

For nearly two decades AMIDEAST has been engaged in efforts to improve and reform legal and judicial services in the Middle East and North Africa. These efforts have included, among other things, efforts to advance the inclusion of women in the judiciary and legal professions in the region.

Through technical training, integration of new technology and administrative systems, and professional development, AMIDEAST has worked to professionalize the judiciary and promote greater transparency and accountability in this important public sector.

Examples of project experience include:

Administration of Justice Support Projects (AOJS) I and II, EGYPT

This two-phased project sponsored by USAID was implemented over a 13-year period between 1996 and 2009. The first phase of AOJS focused on enhancing the capacity of the civil courts and judicial education in Egypt. The second phase emphasized strengthening the administrative capacity of the National Center for Judicial Studies, the Judicial Information Center, and the Ministry of Justice, as well as providing training to lawyers, judges, administrators, and legal educators.

Regional Judicial Education Project (JEP)

This region-wide effort was directed at improving the quality of training of judicial educators. JEP provided workshops and resources for judicial educators from nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa in 2001 and 2002. AMIDEAST partnered with the National Center for Judicial Studies in Cairo, the California Center for Judicial Education and Research, and the United Nations Development Program to implement this U.S. Department of State project. Participants included judges and ministry personnel from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen.

The Legal Rights Project, EGYPT

The Legal Rights Project provided training and scholarships to Egyptian legal professionals to improve their proficiency in legal English; enhance their ability to participate in international seminars on judicial reform and the rule-of-law; and broaden discourse among Egyptian jurists on legal rights issues and their political contexts.