JNCHR Organized a Workshop for the Jordanian Lawyers in Zarqa on “the Notions of Human Rights”

On April 21, 2013 JNCHR concluded a 2-day workshop on “the Notions of “Human Rights”. The event was well-attended by 24 lawyers from the Governorate of Zarqa and took place at the Zarqa Chamber of Commerce premises.

The workshop aimed to familiarize the participants with the international standards and principles of human rights, as well as some of the core international human rights treaties, such as; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights CCPR, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), in addition to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women CEDAW.

The workshop also focused on a number of issues, including; the international standards of fair trial and the principles of due process, the independence of the Judiciary, Jordan’s international human rights obligations as well as the manner and extent to which the domestic courts enforce the legal obligations created by international human rights and humanitarian law.

Lawyer Nahla al Momani, the Director of the Training of Lawyers Project at JNCHR, noted that this workshop is intended to promote a culture of human rights amongst the lawyers at the Governorate of Zarqa. Also it aims to familiarize them with Jordan’s international human rights obligations, and to empower the lawyers to invoke international human rights standards before national courts.

Concerning the teaching practices and methodologies, the training adopted a participatory and interactive approach in a collegial atmosphere where participants and trainers exchanged their legal expertise and information. At the end of the workshop, completion certificates were awarded to the participants.

This workshop is part of the “Training of Lawyers Project” series of workshops that are implemented in cooperation between JNCHR and the American Bar Association ABA and funded by USAID in all the Governorates of the Kingdom.