MUSAWA – The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession concluded a training program for the Lawyers for the Rule of Law Groups (friends of MUSAWA), as well as a group of practicing and new lawyers, on administrative law, constitutional law, and how to become a trade union leader. The training program was carried-out over the period of eight days during the month of February and the beginning of March. Twenty-nine practicing lawyers participated, including 16 women. The facilitators of the training courses were Dr. Mohamed Khader in Constitutional Law; Professor Ashraf Siam in Administrative Law; and lawyers Louay Abu Jaber, Dawood Daraawi, Amjad Al Shilleh, and MUSAWA’s General Manager Adv. Ibrahim Barghouthi on how to be a union leader.
The training course dealt with the subject of how to be a union leader, meaning the skills necessary to be a leading lawyer. In this context, the facilitator addressed the law of the Palestinian Bar Association, the political and partisan independence that the union leader should enjoy. Mainly, it revolved around the idea of how a leader should see in the field a community message and a tool of change, while adhering to the professional code of conduct and extending their social circle.
With regard to the constitutional law, emphasis was placed on the methods of constitutional challenge, how to establish the Supreme Constitutional Court, the procedures and obstacles to the enforcement of legal texts, and the intervention of the ruling authority and its impact.
With regard to the administrative law, the administrative judiciary in Palestine has been emphasized in terms of formation and enforcement, given that it is a one-degree judiciary and therefore its rulings cannot be appealed. The facilitator also addressed the requirements of indictment.
At the end of the training program, the participants stressed the need to continue conducting similar training courses and workshops that tackle topics useful for lawyers. They also noted the urgent need for similar trainings in all of the West Bank governorates.