The long-term cooperation between the IRZ and the Judicial Institute of Jordan (JIJ) continued this year with a Train the Trainer seminar for judges and public prosecutors. The seminar was held in Amman on 22 and 23 May 2017 within the framework of the institutional funding provided by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV). This was the first time an IRZ event in Jordan has focussed exclusively on teaching methodology and educational content.

The participants in the two-day seminar have several years’ experience as trainers and seminar leaders at educational events held by the Judicial Institute of Jordan. The objective of the seminar was to use practical examples to work together on developing strategies for making seminars interesting for participants, leading to lasting learning success.

The seminar was led by Dr. Arnd Weishaupt, speaking on behalf of the IRZ. Dr. Weishaupt is a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Düssedorf and an accredited trainer with many years of teaching experience worldwide. Dr. Weishaupt has already acted as a Train the Trainer specialist in many of the IRZ partner countries.

Using practical examples from  legal cases, the Jordanian participants were informed about

  • The foundations for the effective preparation and organisation of seminars,
  • specific information about teaching content to adults,
  • various teaching methods and
  • the use of media.

All the participants took part in extremely lively discussions and joined in with the experimental elements of the seminar without constraints.  In view of the high status of judges in Jordan, this can in no way be taken for granted and it confirms in particular the ability of the speaker, Dr. Weishaupt, to ensure that the learning objectives were achieved by all the participants at this first event in Jordan.

The feedback from participants and from the Judicial Institute of Jordan was therefore also extremely positive. The Director General of the JIJ, Dr. Thaer Al Adwan, who also took part in the second day of the seminar, emphasised several times that there was a great demand for the continued training and education of seminar leaders in methodology and education. He said that an extension of the cooperation with the IRZ in this area would therefore be very welcome.