The International Legal Foundation (ILF) and YPFP NY present a round table with visiting public defenders from the West Bank. Learn about the challenges facing access to justice projects and what's being done to address these problems.
Created in 2001, ILF is a non-governmental organization that assists countries emerging from conflict or transition to establish public defender systems that provide effective, quality criminal defense services to the poor. In 2003, ILF opened Afghanistan’s first independent public defender office in Kabul, and has since established public defender offices in Nepal, Tunisia, Myanmar, and the West Bank.
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Nael Ghannam, Country Director
Nael Ghannam, the head of ILF-West Bank, has specialized in criminal defense for the past five years. Before joining ILF-West Bank, Ghannam worked as a partner in a private law firm in Ramallah and joined ILF-West Bank to pursue his passion for criminal defense work. Ghannam earned a law degree from the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, in 2004.
Ghadanfar Kamanji, Legal Director
Ghadanfar Kamanji previously worked as a legal consultant to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and assisted the Law Faculty at Birzeit University in publishing legal books. Kamanji graduated with a B.A. in law from the Arab American University in Jenin and has taken additional course work on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
Yasser Al-Qasrawi, Staff Lawyer
Yasser Al-Qasrawi has been practicing law since 2010 in a private law office in Al-Khalil. He is a graduate of Mohammed I University in Morocco, with a degree in Law.
Emad Salaymeh, Staff Lawyer
Emad Salaymeh graduated from Al-Quds University with a law degree in 2010. He received his attorney license in 2012 and has been working in a private law ﬁrm in Al-Khalil.
Sawsan Bani-Odeh, Staff Lawyer
Sawsan Bani-Odeh graduated from Arab American University in Jenin. She earned her attorney license in 2011 and worked in a private law ﬁrm in Nablus before joining ILF-West Bank.
Suad Jawan, Staff Lawyer
Suad Jawan is a staff lawyer who previously worked at the Ministry of Finance in the land registration department. She is a native of Ramallah and graduated from Birzeit University, West Bank, in 2009 with a degree in law.
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