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Legal Education Training

Handa Center staff Lina Tay at the 2016 Cambodia training

Handa Center staff Lina Tay at the 2016 Cambodia training

Since 2013, the Handa Center and its partner the East-West Center have worked closely with Cambodian universities to support the integration of interactive teaching methodologies and critical inquiry into legal education.

Fair Trial Rights Curriculum 

The pilot fair trial rights curriculum, developed in the beginning of 2013 for the program, is now offered as a permanent, compulsory course at Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) as part of the English Based Bachelor of Laws Program. Over 250 young Cambodian law students have completed the course either as part of the undergraduate bachelor of laws program at RULE or the “Master Programme in International Human Rights Law” at Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC). The course adopts an experiential approach to learning and integrates a unique clinical legal education component—the first of its kind of Cambodia.

In 2015, in partnership with the Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law, a human rights center at RULE, we expanded the program to the University of Cambodia to train an additional 10 young academics to deliver the course in law schools nationwide.