Judicial Education: Moroccan Supreme Court Judges Come to GW Law to Learn About the U.S. Courts and System

 

This past spring, Associate Dean Robinson and Professorial Lecturer in Law Zol Rainey provided a lecture to members of the Moroccan Supreme Court and Moroccan Attorney General’s Office on “The U.S. Judicial System and Rule of Law.”  The delegation was invited to GW Law by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  During their visit, the four participants—three Magistrates and a General Attorney of Morocco’s highest court—engaged with Dean Robinson and Professor Rainey in discussions on topics such as U.S. federal, state, and local judicial systems, judicial reform, promoting the rule of law, and trial processes and court procedures.

The lessons and discussions are particularly important in the wake of the Arab Spring as Morocco has adopted a new constitution, and there is strong interest at the most senior levels of the Moroccan judiciary in reforming the operations of the justice system by drawing on the expertise and experience of other non-civil law countries, in particular in the United States. Dean Robinson and Professor Rainey provided the participants with an understanding of the U.S. judicial system, with the expectation that they will draw from the U.S. experience in contributing to the judicial reform efforts of their country.