I am writing this from Abu Dhabi. I came here last Saturday and am returning tomorrow night. My purpose was to establish a post graduate school of law with outreach to Palestine in order to advance the rule of law in the region.
Zayed University http://www.zu.ac.ae/main/en/ is going to host it as a Masters degree and they will initially take some 20 or 25 students from Palestine. Later I hope this will enable a department to be set up in Palestinian university. I hope the project will attract wider interest in the Middle East as there is now an acute awareness in the region that regimes cannot continue as they have in the past.
I am personally delighted at the way Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Palestine have seized on this initiative. The enthusiasm of the staff at the university and the Palestinian Ambassador who accompanied me is deeply gratifying.
I will write more about this in due course but I think it is one of those important steps needed to enhance the rule of law and not least address some of the issues around human rights and international law which are not generally covered by law schools in the region.
An interesting aside here on Lord Lipsey’s post below – is this a proper task for a member of the Lords? I think it is. And before you ask, I do not get my allowance when I come here but I still have to pay my secretary so doing this is not cost free for me.