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COURTESY OF ELI SUGARMAN

A Successful Partnership
for Law Students
The Afghan Legal Education Project (ALEP) collaboration
between American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) in
Kabul, a private university opened in 2006, and Stanford
Law School's Rule of Law Program is one of the longeststanding collaborations in the region, dating from 2007. It
started as a semester-long research project where a Stanford Law School team developed an introductory legal
survey class for AUAF, which ultimately led to development and publication of at least five textbooks on legal
issues. The books are initially published in English and later
translated into Dari and Pashto, the two most commonly
spoken languages in Afghanistan, says Eli Sugarman, a
Stanford Law School graduate who was one of two cofounders of the project and now serves as an adviser to it.
Sugarman says that from 2007 to 2012, students at the
AUAF were able to obtain a legal certificate, similar to a
minor in law, but that they were not eligible to practice
law upon graduation. That changed in 2012 when, with

the help of a generous grant from the U.S. Department of
State, ALEP and AUAF established a Department of Law
offering a five-year bachelor of arts and law degree. The
program has a full-time faculty of six, four of whom are
Afghan, and offers up to11 classes per semester. Graduates
of the degree program will be fully eligible to practice law
in Afghanistan upon completion of their studies.
"The goal is to improve legal education nationwide,"
says Sugarman. "You need to develop a large cohort of
Afghans who can solve their own problems by using
tradition and history, but also analytic skills and legal
reasoning. Afghan legal experts have been involved in
every step of the development of the ALEP materials and
Afghan teachers teach it. Students are taught the laws of
Afghanistan under the current constitutional order and
its laws and regulations. Everyone acknowledges what is
written and how system functions actually differ, and we
examine why they don't function as well as they should."
The ALEP program is a rare exception to the one-way
nature of student exchanges between U.S. and Afghan

Students from
the Afghan Legal
Education Project
in Afghanistan

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Revitalizing Education in Afghanistan: Overcoming Decades of Devastation
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