Train the trainers advanced seminar for practising judges in Amman

Participants in the seminar
Participants in the seminar
Jordan

In cooperation with the Judicial Institute of Jordan, an advanced seminar was held on “Methodology and teaching for practising judges” in Amman on 8 and 9 April 2019. The participants in the seminar were judges, who themselves lead training seminars at the Judicial Institute of Jordan.

The event was held to continue and advance on the work which began at the seminar organised in January 2019. The two-day seminar was led by Dr. Arnd Weishaupt, a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, and Uwe Stark, a judge at the Local Court of Siegen, both of whom are long-standing experts in training trainers and disseminators in the legal field.

The focus of the seminar was on applying the knowledge gained during the basic course to some practical exercises. The seminar was designed to be very practice-oriented and interactive, with participants not only being able to reflect on what they had already learned, but also to put this into practice with their own presentations on topics they had chosen themselves. Video recordings of the presentations given by the participants allowed them to analyse the lectures more precisely, look at the positive as well as negative aspects and discuss these in more detail during the plenary session. Other ways of planning lessons, typical mistakes when using media and dealing with disturbances during seminars were also presented.

Both the foundation seminar and the advanced seminar provided plenty of momentum and examples for teaching a legal subject. In view of the participants’ contributions and discussions, it is clear that they really concentrated on the subject and will actively include the tools they have learned for successfully leading seminars in their courses.

The close partnership with the Judicial Institute of Jordan has continued for ten years now. Both parties aim to continue this partnership in future, as expressed by the Director of the Judicial Institute of Jordan, judge Ihsan Barakat, in her opening speech.

This seminar took place as part of a transformation partnership project on judicial training as a stabilising element of the rule of law in Jordan, which is being supported by the German Foreign Office and coordinated by the IRZ between 2017 and 2019.

Train the trainers seminar for judicial training in Amman

Dr. Arnd Weishaupt during his lecture
Dr. Arnd Weishaupt during his lecture
Jordan

On 8 and 9 January 2019, the IRZ, in partnership with the Judicial Institute of Jordan, organised a seminar on “Methodology and teaching for practising judges”, in which judges from various courts in Amman and the surrounding area took part.

The event was opened by the Director of the Judicial Institute of Jordan, judge Ihsan Barakat. The participants in the seminar and the seminar leaders then introduced themselves.

As German experts, Dr. Arnd Weishaupt, a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, and Uwe Stark, a judge at the Local Court of Siegen, led the seminar. Both are long-standing experts in training trainers in the legal field.

The speakers from the Jordanian side were Dr. Abdulrahman Tawfiq, a former judge at the Court of Cassation and a legal advisor, and Dr. Khaled Al-Sama'a, a judge at the Appeals Court in Amman. Both Jordanian experts gave lectures on training concepts in the field of civil and criminal law.

During the two-day event, the practical issues involved in organising seminars were discussed from the Jordanian and German points of view. The main focus of the seminar was on the following topics:

  • Providing the right methodological and didactic instruments for carrying out a successful seminar,
  • the basics of adult learning behaviour,
  • selecting the subject matter,
  • presentation techniques,
  • significance of body language,
  • methods for motivating participants and
  • methods for enhancing the outcome of learning.

All these aspects were dealt with in detail and with the help of various case studies. The lively discussions following on from the lectures were mainly about how the results could be usefully exploited for judicial training in Jordan.

The IRZ has enjoyed a close working relationship with the Judicial Institute of Jordan for 10 years now and both sides want to continue this partnership in future.

This seminar took place as part of a Transformation Partnership project on judicial training as a stabilising element of the law in Jordan, which is being supported by the German Foreign Office and coordinated by the IRZ between 2017 and 2019.

Jordanian delegation in Berlin on a three-day study visit on the reintegration of prisoners

The Jordanian delegation at the Plötzensee prison
The Jordanian delegation at the Plötzensee prison
Jordan

During a study visit to Berlin from 22 to 26 October 2018, members of a Jordanian delegation discussed the subject of “Classification, enforcement plans and the involvement of external parties as a basis for the successful reintegration of prisoners” with German experts. This visit by directors and deputy directors of Jordanian penal institutions provided them with practical experience and supplemented the seminar held in September this year in Amman on the same subject [LINK].

The first visit was to the women’s penal institution in Berlin. Here, Social Services Coordinator Carola Trömel and her colleague Sandra Rodrigues Silva provided general information on the prison and the specific features of women’s prisons, as well as on projects in cooperation with external providers. They discussed in more detail the “startklar” project, which offers advice and training on professional orientation and social reintegration for young women.

Afterwards, the Jordanian guests visited the Plötzensee prison, where they were welcomed by the Prison Director, Dr. Uwe Meyer-Odewald. This was followed by expert discussions with psychologist Andree and social worker Schulz. They explained the procedure for establishing an enforcement plan and presented various reintegration measures.

Over the course of the next two days, the delegation visited the open prison complex in Berlin, where director Thorsten Luxa presented the open prison concept, and the non-governmental organisation Violence Prevention Network e.V. Here, the Jordanian guests were able to learn about the structures of the cooperation between independent providers and prisons and about the measures used to deal with radicalised prisoners.

The three-day study visit gave the delegation an insight into the many different aspects of the German prison system and the cooperation with external parties. The Jordanian guests’ keen interest in the subject was clear from the interesting discussions and questions asked to the German partners. Even though they remarked that not all the measures could be implemented in Jordan due to differences in the initial situation, they were still extremely interested in learning about the German concepts. As a result, the study visit developed a greater awareness of the importance of individually adapted enforcement plans, which are implemented as well as possible under the local circumstances. The key role played by non-governmental parties was also discussed in detail and the potential for cooperation between prisons and non-governmental organisations in Jordan was talked through using examples.