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As part of its role in promoting and enhancing community legal awareness, the Faculty of Law's Legal Clinic at An-Najah National University continues to held various legal activities with the aim of raising people’s legal awareness and increasing access to justice for marginalized people in Palestine. It also aims to contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights to achieve social justice in society. Furthermore, it aims to empower the poor and disadvantaged sections of society to seek and demand justice services.


The Clinic was established in 2010. It consists of law students who work under the supervision of the Clinic staff who are specialists in various legal fields. It reached out to approximately more than 10.000 people during the first semester of the academic year 2021-2022 through launching several social media public outreach campaigns and developing community radio programs. These programs aimed to aware the mass communities about legal issues such as labor law, child begging and child labor. Furthermore, the Clinic launched the 2021 edition of the international campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence to raise awareness about domestic violence. The campaign kicked off on today’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Moreover, more than 15 advertising clips were broadcasted daily to raise community awareness about important legal issues including personal status law, labor laws, commercial law and obligations, and cybercrimes law.

More than 160 students benefited from the services and training opportunities provided by the Clinic. The aim of these training opportunities is to provide law students with the required skills and practical experience to take them into a successful legal career.

About more than 300 people from marginalized areas benefited from the legal awareness campaigns held by the legal Clinic about the human rights. Moreover, about four sessions about legal topics were held in different Palestinian governorates in cooperation with Palestinian Chambers of Commerce with the participation of more than 100 of small and medium business owners. These sessions aimed to provide the participants with critical knowledge of legal provisions and processes, coupled with the skills to use this knowledge to realize rights and demand justice, accountability and effective remedies at all levels.

The legal Clinic offered more than 100 people on low incomes free legal services and consultations in coordination with the related authorities. 

Prof. Abdel Naser Zaid, President of An-Najah University, expressed his pride in ‎An-Najah's legal Clinic's ‎activities and achievements which are a testament to the hard work of the Clinic's staff and ‎their determination to achieve an ‎international reputation for delivering outstanding ‎outcomes for law students.  

Dr. Naeem Salameh, Dean of the Faculty of Law at An-Najah, pointed out that the University' legal Clinic is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning at the Faculty of Law and aims at enhancing learning by integrating theory and practice. He added that the activities carried out by the legal Clinic are part of the University's commitment to play a leading role in tackling the SDGs.

The Clinic addresses the UN SDGs by creating a healthier and fairer world, through launching awareness campaigns and developing new collaborations and partnerships to promote sustainable goals. It is also committed to empowering law students with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to understand and address all of the SDGs. 

The Clinic organizes several legal awareness campaigns as it believes that legal awareness lies at the base of any effort toward legal empowerment. These campaigns aim at improving people's legal awareness of critical legal issues.  For example, it addresses the 3rd SDG through launching awareness campaigns on a variety of public health issues locally, including the dangers of drugs. The campaigns' main focus is on raising awareness of the dangers of drugs abuse ‎especially among youth and school students, and shedding light on the negative legal, ‎health and social consequences caused by drug use in the Palestinian ‎Society. ‎

Also, the Clinic fully matches the targets and priorities set in the 4th SDG (Quality Education), which calls for inclusive, equitable and quality education. Through innovation in teaching and research, through active participation of all academic stakeholders (teaching and research staff and students) the Clinic encompasses the vision of the SDGs and respond to the problems set out by the 2030 Agenda. For example, the Clinic organizes several awareness campaigns on the right to education which aim to highlight the importance of education as a human right, raise awareness on the responsibility everyone has in its promotion, defense and enforceability, and promote equality of educational opportunity and prohibits any form of discrimination to advance inclusive and equitable quality education for all.

The Clinic organizes several awareness campaigns about women’s rights and combating violence against women to address the 5th SDG. These campaigns aim to provide women with rights-based education and awareness as many women and girls are not aware of their legal rights, which are protected under the Palestinian law. Also, the Clinic aims to increase awareness and understanding among all members of society of the different manifestations of all forms of violence against women, their consequences on society, legal punishment imposed by the state on those convicted of committing violent crimes against women, and the need to prevent such violence.   

Furthermore, the Clinic contributes to tackle the 10th SDG by empowering and promoting the social, economic and political inclusion of all. Among other targets, the Clinic has been particularly active in addressing the inclusion of people with disabilities, working together with local communities and civil society organizations. Reducing inequalities among An-Najah University community, particularly among students and staff, is also a distinguishing factor of its intervention. It also coordinates and leads a range of initiatives, activities and awareness campaigns that align to the 10th SDG.

Ms. Safaa Balaawi, Director of the Legal Clinic, mentioned that the Legal Clinic will carry out different activities in coordination with the local and international partners of the Legal Clinic. Moreover, a plan is being implemented to offer the best services and legal awareness to reach out to as many society members as possible. She also thanked SAWASYA II program and UN women for supporting these activities. 

SAWASYA II represents the primary programmatic vehicle of the United Nations for advancing the rule of law, gender justice and human rights in the State of Palestine for the period 2018-2023. The Project is implemented by the UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF.


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