An-Najah Center for Environmental Law and Policy
”Economically viable, community-based law practices with a strong commitment to environmental justice”
Following the global trend, in which more schools are starting to place emphasis on preparing students to practice their skills in the real world, the Faculty of Law at An-Najah University is developing a legal center that is entrepreneurial in nature and seeking to offer solutions to many social and environmental ills.
Due to a lack of local knowledge and experience in the field of Environmental Law, Environmental Law and Policy Center will give students the opportunity to, first learn about this increasingly important field and then apply their knowledge to real environmental legal problems, by undertaking projects for local environmentally-focused organizations and individuals.
Legal center will serve both local and national interests by providing wide access to environmental justice, with a special focus on environment and water, and will also promote An-Najah’s culture of public service. Through a collaborative community effort, center will employ rigorous and interdisciplinary methods that will make environmental legal advocacy more effective. Such opportunities will further their lawyering skills and advance their research-based discussions.
Said center will also increase the human capital by training newly minted lawyers in practical skills and provide them with mentorship opportunities to help them learn how to successfully operate solo or in small law firms that serve the modest-means community. Law and Policy Center will close the justice gap with the potential to provide sustainable, socially conscious employment for recent law school graduates.
Why focus on environment and water?
A complex and precarious political environment in Palestine, as a result of continued Israeli military occupation, has stalled any development and implementation of environmental laws and policies thus far. By attending to relevant human rights abuses, the Environmental Legal Incubator will advance advocacy-oriented nexus of environmental justice and human rights research.
Legal center will also seek to address a multitude of environmental challenges, including climate change and environmental rights, toxics reduction, biodiversity, public health, green job creation, preservation/protection of the land, and air and water rights for Palestine’s future generations.
Moreover, it will attend to a widespread lack of awareness amongst Palestinian population, with respect to existing conditions that have led to the existing environmental degradation.
Finally, the center will empower individuals and communities and stimulate economies by providing environmental legal services and counseling to allow the underserved to make decisions about practical and innovative solutions to increasingly complex environmental challenges in Palestine.
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Giving to An-Najah
Faculty of Law depends on the generosity of alumni and friends to provide financial support for the faculty’s most pressing needs. Gifts like Yours can help us sustain a wide range of programs and initiatives, like the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, that will help ANU Faculty of Law remain at the forefront of legal scholarship. Your philanthropic support can help us to achieve all our goals.
We seek to establish a legal center that will act as a bridge between the doctrinal theoretical and practical competencies, while tackling a broad range of environment- related issues, the Faculty of Law at An-Najah is developing a body that will provide legal advice in environmental rights violations, develop national research in the field of environment, and train students, legal advisers in governmental and non-governmental institutions on rights to water and environment.
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