Improving Judicial Education

Additional Training for 80 Law and Sharia Students
Today, a ten days training of 80 law and Sharia students from Balkh University – both male and female – in the topic of criminal procedure law, ended. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s project for the promotion of the rule of law funded the activity.

Law and Sharia faculties often do not cover procedural law thoroughly. In order to prepare students for their future professional activities and ensuring the application of criminal procedure law, the Afghan-German Cooperation has organised the training from 13 June until today.

The Sharia faculty student Mariam Raoufi says: “It was a very good and effective programme. We learned a lot about prosecution procedures: how to investigate crimes when it comes to suspects, crime scene, scenario, etc. – always respecting necessary rules.” 

Implementing justice implies respecting judicial procedures. Besides police forces, court and prison, the Attorney General Office (AGO) is one of the key criminal justice organisations in Afghanistan that are active in this sector: The AGO is responsible for investigating and pursuing crimes. For that reason, future employees of the AGO and court – that is to say law and Sharia students – need to know about necessary rules.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Afghan-German Cooperation has been working together with the Afghan government to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan. Since 2003, the project Promotion of the Rule of Law (RoL) has been supporting the Afghan Ministry of Justice in its efforts to ensure access to justice for all citizens. Improving the professional capacity of justice sector staff includes the support of Law and Sharia faculties of State Universities in the Northern Provinces in order to improve learning conditions and to strengthen capacities of future lawyers.