A new Fellowship begins
On Friday 1st November 2013 twenty-four new JST Fellows from Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Oman arrived in London for the 2013 Rule of Law Fellowship Programme.
Fellows on day 1 outside the Royal Overseas League in London
The first few days have been extremely lively. After a fantastic dinner in the National Portrait Gallery’s rooftop restaurant, the Fellows set to bonding through our well-established teambuilding exercises with Paul Jamieson from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. This was followed by a cultural day around London on Sunday.
Mona Hejres and Fadi Khalil 'teambuilding'
On Monday 4th November Fellows had their first workshop day, An Overview of the Concept, Importance, and Relevance of the Rule of Law at St Martins in the Field. The day included an introduction by Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. Professor John Gardner from Oxford University then explained the evolution of the concept of the Rule of Law.
John Gardner talking about the Evolution of the concept 'Rule of Law'
In the afternoon, Professor Duncan French from the Lincoln Law School and Kirsty Schneeberger from UKLEA Council debated over the Rule of Law and Sustainable Development. The day concluded with Mike Harris from Index on Censorship and Ben Stewart, Greenpeace’s Head of Media, discussing the big question of whether the Rule of Law matters as much as achieving justice?
The Fellows have now gone their separate ways as they are hosted by organisations and institutions around the UK on attachment visits. Isa Alarabi from Bahrain, whose action plan is to introduce an initiative focused on resolving sectarian tensions and promoting a cohesive Bahraini identity has gone to Northern Ireland to visit The Causeway Institute for Peace-Building and Conflict Resolution. Jordanian Fellows, Noor Hamoud and Ghaith Al Amaireh, have travelled to Bradford to visit Bradford Council and see how a local authority in the UK operates: they will cover issues ranging from demographic monitoring to third sector partnerships. Back in London, Nezar Chaaban from Lebanon has spent a day visiting Asylum Aid, an organisation that provides legal representation for those seeking asylum in the UK and the UK’s UNHCR offices.
The Fellows will meet as a group again on Friday 8th November for a workshop covering the Rule of Law and Civic Engagement.