A university law school has launched an annual scheme that will bring Arab lawyers to the UK to study English law and hopefully foster stronger links with the West.
Launched earlier this year by the University of East Anglia’s law school, the Young Arab Lawyers Scheme is claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK. The scheme will allow lawyers under 30 who are trained in Arabic legal traditions to acquire an overview of the English legal system and focus on a number of specialist subjects in international commercial law. As part of the scheme, the lawyers will also attend a two-week placement at firms including Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Norton Rose and Shearman & Sterling.
The first cohort comprises seven male and five female lawyers from Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.
“This is a good way of building bridges, especially in such unsettled times,” commented the law school’s head, Professor Alastair Mullis. “As well as helping to further the development of legal expertise in the Arab world, the programme is about facilitating dialogue between the Arab and Western worlds and building long-lasting relationships between lawyers in all of the countries involved.”