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In recent years, the number of Harvard Law School alumni working and residing in the Arab World has steadily been on the rise. The need to enhance connectivity between these alumni and improve their links with the wider HLS community has been publicly recognized on numerous occasions by the Law School, in particular by former Harvard Law School Association (HLSA) president Harold Hope III, the current HLSA president Sharon E. Jones and Dean, Martha Minow. As a response to this call, on April 24th, 2009, approval for the establishment of the Harvard Law School Association of Arabia (HLSAA) was granted at the HLSA’s Annual meeting in Cambridge. The creation of this long overdue regional association is already making a significant contribution to the global community of Harvard Law School alumni.
In light of the increasing number of HLS alumni taking leadership roles within the Arab region, the HLSAA chose the Qatar Law Forum, a gathering of eminent global leaders in law, including Hisashi Owada, the President of the International Court of Justice and Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as the ideal venue for the ‘soft-launch’ of the new association, held in Doha on May 29th – 30th, 2009. The soft launch was graced with the attendance of many HLS luminaries including William Alford the Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, Robert Shapiro, member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers, Lord Goodhart, Chairperson of the International Section HLSA, Sheikh Zaki Yamani, the first Arab alumnus of HLS, Harold Hope III the then President of the HLSA, the Right Honorable Lord Justice Bernard Rix, the President of Harvard Law School Alumni of the United Kingdom, as well as over 40 distinguished alumni recognized as leaders in law globally and in the region.
Malik Dahlan was asked to oversee the establishment of HLSAA and assume its leadership as the founding HLSAA President. The Association is already establishing links with the wider Harvard Arab Alumni Association (HAAA) with a view to connecting with even more HLS alumni who may already be using the HAAA network. The Association is also actively working with the Executive Committee of the HLSA, particularly given the latter’s global regional strategy.
The 125th Anniversary of the HLSA provides the perfect opportunity for the HLSA of Arabia to host a celebratory event. HLSA of Arabia plans to host an event in Doha, April 7th -8th, 2012. We are hoping that this will be an excellent chance for all alumni to meet, make new friends and mark this historic occasion. The event will also see the presentation of the first ever HLSAA Award to one of the organization’s most distinguished members.
The HLSAA shares the mission of the HLSA to "advance the cause of legal education, to promote the interests and increase the usefulness of the Harvard Law School and to promote mutual acquaintance and good fellowship among all members of the Association". With the help of active HLS alumni dedicated to promoting alumni interaction in the broader Arab world, the Association is hoping to grow in the coming years and expand its activities in line with this mission. We are hopeful that the Association will be seen as a useful tool for both the HLS and the general Harvard alumni community.
Register for the HLSAA inaugural meeting and dinner, April 7th -8th, 2012.
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The HLSAA Inaugural Conference and Celebration of the HLSA 125th Anniversary
April 7–8, 2012 · Doha
All Alumni and Friends Invited
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