Dr. Noori’s talk at the ILEC 2016 International Legal Ethics Conference VII
The seventh International Legal Ethics Conference was held from July 14 to 16 at Fordham Law School. The three-day conference, held every other year in a different country, featured more than 80 programs on a range of topics including access to justice, international rule of law, challenges to judicial integrity, and professional regulation. More than 400 prominent academics, practicing lawyers, and regulators from around the world presented papers, spoke on panels, and engaged in discussions concerning the legal profession and legal ethics.
“For the first time, hundreds of lawyers and legal academics from 60 countries gathered in one place to discuss the role of lawyers and judges in promoting the rule of law in both developed and developing countries,” said Bruce Green, director of the Stein Center and holder of the Louis Stein Chair of Law. “Despite differences in our legal systems and cultures, lawyers from around the world can learn from each other.” The theme of this year’s conference was the “Ethics and Regulation of Lawyers Worldwide: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.”
Dr. Seyed Masoud Noori, (Trinity University Center for International Engagement/ US) and his colleagues Zoha Savadkouhifar, (University of Tehran/ Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law/ Pakistan); Muhammad Sarfaraz Ali Metlo, (Qaisar & Metlo Law Chambers/ Pakistan) and Rana Sajjad Ahmad, (Advocate, High Court/ Pakistan) had a panel discussion titled “Comparative Study on Legal Education and Ethics in Two Islamic Neighbor Countries: Current Situation and Future Perspectives”
About this Program: Iran and Pakistan are among the four countries that are called “Islamic Republics” in their Constitutions. Therefore, Islamic rules are points of connection between them. However, their legal systems differ, and they have different codes of conduct for judges and different regulation of judges and lawyers. In this program, the panelists will begin by describing the current state of judicial and legal ethics in Iran and Pakistan, based on the rules, education system of law students, and their own experiences. They will then discuss challenges and opportunities ahead, and suggest guidelines and solutions, to promote ethical practice of judges and lawyers toward the end of promoting the rule of law in both countries. Finally, the panelists will invite questions, feedback and suggestions from attendees in light of the experience in their own judicial and legal systems.