As referred to on the Welcome page, the focus of this project is to support the reinforcement of the Rule of Law within Iraq through helping to:

    • Reduce the current higher legal education gap between Iraqi academia and their European and other international counterparts;

    • (Re)Connect Iraqi higher legal educational institutions with those European and other international counterparts.

To achieve this within the project’s short timeframe – May 2013 to April 2015 – a team of ‘Key Experts’ have been engaged throughout the lifetime of the project to undertake numerous activities as per an agreed work plan divided into two components. Component I includes the activities related to building capacity vis-à-vis curricula development. Component II includes the activities related to the (re)connection of the aforementioned institutions. This work plan details specific activities and the timeframe in which each activity is to be commenced and completed. To support the Key Experts in their work, ‘Short Term Experts’ with expertise in very specific domains of activity required to be undertaken by the project will also be engaged, as appropriate.

Four key activities have been identified as being central to this project’s raison d’être. These are:

  1. Strengthening the connection between the selected Colleges of Law through technical (ICT) measures and participating in joint/common processes, procedures and activities;

  2. Organising a study visit by appropriate academics to European academic institutions, and undertaking follow-up activities to ensure that long-term benefits are gained from Iraqi and international peers meeting and discussing key matters pertaining to higher legal education;

  3. Assisting the selected Colleges of Law in the development of their higher legal curricula;

  4. Coordinating intra-university conferences on Comparative and International law and advising on how to achieve maximum benefit from such conferences.

Self-sustainability is a fundamental principle of this project. All activities have been formulated such that the academic and technical staff of the selected Colleges of Law can be fully capable of maintaining and further building upon the benefits that can brought about by this project.