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Engendering a Clinic: Lessons Learned from a Domestic Violence Clinical Course in Qatar


Mary Pat Treuthart


Gonzaga University - School of Law

Stephen Rosenbaum


University of California, Berkeley - School of Law; University of Washington - School of Law

April 18, 2013

International Review of Law 2013:1
University of Washington School of Law Research Paper 2014-02

Abstract:     
Domestic violence, a serious problem around the world, remains a hidden concern among the Islamic Gulf States. Yet signs indicate the situation is changing. A team of American lawyers and professors, responding to student initiative and the Qatari development strategy, recently initiated Qatar’s first law school clinic, focusing exclusively on domestic violence. By highlighting the students’ experience, this article outlines the issues involved and the problems that were encountered, and resolved, during the development of this clinic. The students first studied the issue of domestic violence, then made presentations to the larger community to raise awareness of the topic. Subsequent to a review of international law, the Qatari criminal code and model domestic violence statutes from other jurisdictions, the students drafted legislation designed to criminalize domestic violence in Qatar. Finally, they developed what they called An Action Plan to Stop Domestic Violence in Qatar. This article also explores how the clinic’s work was informed by the sex-segregated educational environment, by Islamic culture at large, and by feminist and traditional interpretations of the Qur’an. The authors offer reflections on the lessons they learned and propose suggestions about how such pedagogy might proceed in future.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: domestic violence, Qatar, clinical law, service learning, women's rights

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Date posted: November 26, 2013 ; Last revised: April 11, 2014

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Treuthart, Mary Pat and Rosenbaum, Stephen, Engendering a Clinic: Lessons Learned from a Domestic Violence Clinical Course in Qatar (April 18, 2013). International Review of Law 2013:1; University of Washington School of Law Research Paper 2014-02. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2359688

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Mary Pat Treuthart
Gonzaga University - School of Law ( email )
721 N. Cincinnati Street
Spokane, WA 99220-3528
United States
Stephen A. Rosenbaum (Contact Author)
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States
University of Washington - School of Law ( email )
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98105-3020
United States
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