Ceremonial inauguration of the USJPB legal clinic

Ceremony USJPB legal clinic
Ceremony USJPB legal clinic

07 June 2021

To cope with the serious crisis in Mali, the University of Legal and Political Sciences of Bamako (USJPB) plays a role in the creation of the foundations of security and the rule of law through capcity development. CINOP Global and partners worked together to aid the USJPB and to achieve the following objectives:

  • Develop and strengthen the academic and organizational capacities of the University of Legal and Political Sciences of Bamako (USJPB) through the integration of the themes of security, rule of law and gender in the curricula (initial and continuous) and research.
  • Develop and strengthen the capacities of the USJPB in order to improve performance, develop partnerships with institutions responsible for security and the rule of law, as well as the inclusion of all genders at all levels.

In the beginning of June there was a festive ceremony to launch the USJPB’s own legal clinic. The main mission of this clinic is to teach practical law while facilitating access to law through awareness activities and free legal consultations.
The inauguration of the building housing the legal clinic took place in the enclosure of the Faculty of Private Law, located on Badalabougou Hill.

inauguration of the USJPB legal clinic

Making the law accessible to all citizens by welcoming them and directing them to the judicial services of the country.

Legal Clinic of the USJPB

The ceremony brought together the University officials and its partners and was placed under the high sponsorship of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Built on an area of 159 m2, the clinic is composed of a reception room, a consultation room, an administrative office, a recording studio, a meeting room, a stairwell plus a corridor and three toilets.

“No one is supposed to be ignorant of the law, because knowledge of the law and of one’s rights is an important element of citizenship. This citizenship can only blossom through knowledge of the law”. These words of the Rector of the USJPB, Pr Moussa Djire, testify that this clinic will largely contribute to the knowledge of the law and answer a growing need for access to legal information. As for the representative of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research – Mr. Ousmane Guindo – he underlined that this clinic, which has both a pedagogical and a social purpose, will contribute to improve the quality of the legal education. It will offer various services aiming at informing cicilians on their rights and obligations and directing them towards the professional organizations able to meet their needs.

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