Posted on May 10, 2019

Faculty and students from Qatar University (QU) College of Law (LAWC) Legal Skills Department recently emphasized the importance of advocacy and justice by volunteering for a Middle School Model United Nations organized by The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Qatar.

QU Clinical Assistant Professor Melissa Deehring and QU Teaching Assistant Sara A. Al-Mohanadi, along with three law students, Farah Yousef AbouZahria, Moza M. Al-Mosallam, and Sharouq S. Bawazir taught local middle school students the importance of SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions.

During the three-hour service activity, QU Law students and faculty taught middle school students about the role of advocacy in Qatar by explaining legal professionals’ duties, skills, roles and leadership capabilities. They also taught the young students how to find legal counsel in Qatar if needed, what to prepare as a client when hiring legal counsel and how the local courts function. Dr. Melissa Deehring encouraged a discussion about justice and taught basic ethics, philosophy and social psychology principles while stimulating the students to debate perceptions of justice and how they define what is fair. The activity ended with middle school students debating issues related to SDG 16 in mini-mock trials.

LAWC Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, Dr. Muna Mustafa Al-Marzouqi said, “The participation of the College of Law students in the Middle School Model United Nations is a significant step towards ensuring the role of the legal profession in society. The students were given this prestigious opportunity to represent their college and engage with the actual and most important part of society, the youth. They conveyed legal knowledge to the youth from all over the world to spread legal awareness among them, so that they grow up knowing their rights and obligations. Stressing on the rule of law principle in any given community is part of the law degree holder’s social responsibility.”

“We were honored and excited to participate in this service activity for THIMUN Qatar,” said Dr. Melissa Deehring. “Since December, Sara Al-Mohanadi and I have been volunteering with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative. To be able to teach QU law students the E4J Integrity and Ethics Modules and then collaborate with THIMUN and have QU law students help engage more youth in the community is a wonderful achievement and really speaks to the importance and success of the E4J materials in Qatar.”

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