Workshop: Law Clinic; Objectives and Missions
Venue: Kateb University, Conference Hall (Library)
Date: Oct 15, 2019.
Kateb University Legal clinic held an orientation seminar entitled” Legal Clinic; Objectives and Missions” on 15 October 2019. The program started with the recitation of the verses of the Holy Quran by Mr. Muharram Gowhari, one of legal clinic’s students.
Dr. Mohammad Musa Jafari, Vice Chancellor of Academics at Kateb University, opened the seminar by his exploring remarks. He highlighted the significance and the status of law clinics in the platform of universities. He added: universities in the past had been focusing solely on academic programs, but this approach has already changed and today universities are offering practical trainings alongside their academic curricula. Kateb University has also taken significant steps in this direction, and the establishment of a law clinic is a valuable and unique step in this regard.
Mr. Amin Mohseni, Kateb University Law Clinic Director, was the next speaker. While focusing on law clinic as a connectivity between university and society, he added: the main objective and mission of the universities is to have impacts and to affect and influence the society. Law clinics can connect the universities and societies together, particularly by taking account the indigents needs to access judicial justice. Universities can provide social justice through academic teachings and judicial justice through law clinics. At the end of his remarks, he summed up Kateb University law clinic programs in the previous round, and while emphasizing on the continuation of the past path, he promised more achievements in future.
Mr. Abdul Ahad Farzam, Director of Local Offices of Independent Human Rights Commission, was the next speaker at the seminar. Mr. Farzam spoke on the subject of possible cooperation between the Commission and the law clinic of Kateb University. Noting the importance of the legal clinic’s position in accessing judicial justice as a fundamental human right, he pledged cooperation on behalf of the Commission. The commission is prepared for any possible cooperation with the legal clinic, including the four grounds of possible cooperation, he added.
Ms. Najla Rahel, Vice President of Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), was another keynote speaker at the seminar. In her remarks, Ms. Rahel addressed the important duties and responsibilities of lawyers in advocacy process and praised the government’s actions taken in this regard. He added that while problems such as lack of coordination through the justice system, ignoring and disregarding the lawyers were rampant in the past, have already declined and hopefully, the situation in the country will improve by the institutionalized judicial justice process in progress. Ms. Rahel insisted that lawyers, given their sensitive job, should practice legal ethics in their legal performances, adhere to applicable laws of the country and safeguard their clients’ secrets and confidentialities. She added the law clinic was an opportunity for students to improve their abilities. Participation in the program will make them aware of practical issues and move away from theoretical issues learnt during their academic education.
The program was followed by a 20-minute tea break.
Next session of the seminar was started by the subsequent speaker Ms. Farzaneh Arefi, Kateb University Law Clinic professor. She spoke about the quality and quantity of the law clinic education program, its functions and objectives. She provided comprehensive information on the current and previous rounds of legal clinic programs.
Mr. Esmatollah Amiri, a former Kateb University law clinic graduate, shared his clinical education and training experiences with the audiences and offered his considerations and suggestions for improvement of the current program.
Ms. Latifa Azar Mehr, a lawyer at Kateb University Law Clinic, outlined the major challenges and problems facing advocates and clients. She suggested preferences for further improvement and efficiency in legal clinic programs.
The program ended with distribution of letters of appreciation and a concluding remarks by Professor Amin Mohseni, Director of the Legal Clinic.