Chairperson of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS), Professor David McQuoid-Mason, recently presented a paper titled: “Clinical Legal Education and Community Service – the South African Experience with Particular Reference to UKZN” at the International Conference on Global Legal Education hosted by the Hebron University’s Law School in Palestine.
The UKZN academic also conducted a Street Law workshop.
The Conference and workshop were attended by academics and students from Palestine, Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom, Jordan and Egypt who exchanged ideas on a wide range of topics on clinical legal education and legal education in general.
‘During the Conference I had discussions with the Dean of the School of Law, Dr Mutaz M. Qafisheh, concerning a possible exchange agreement between Hebron University and UKZN,’ said McQuoid-Mason. ‘The suggestion was very well received. Dr Qafisheh would like to go ahead with the agreement and was interested in the Post-Doctoral Fellowship programme at UKZN catering for staff members on six months sabbaticals rather than one year.’
The Conference topics included the global clinical law movement and social justice and clinical legal education. There were also sessions on methods of teaching clinical law, human rights and Islamic law. The Street Law workshop involved demonstrations and audience participation in interactive teaching methods used in Street Law programmes.
Last year McQuoid-Mason conducted workshops and presented conference papers in countries such as Afghanistan, Taiwan, Armenia and India, to mention a few.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo