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Middle East and Muslim World

Group of Experts on Regional Security in the Middle East and the Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction (1995-2004)

From 1995 to 2004, Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni and Professor Barry Kellman coordinated a Track II initiative aimed at establishing a regional security regime in the Middle East and eliminating weapons of mass destruction. This project involved fifteen working sessions held in the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Each meeting involved twenty-five to thirty senior-level retired military officials, diplomats, and leading academics from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and the United States. In 2003, IHRLI prepared a publication presenting the documents of the Group of Experts and summaries of the meetings. The project also produced Documents on the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Transnational Publishers, 2005), a two-volume reference guide containing most of the significant documents that have influenced the Arab-Israeli conflict from the late 19th century to the present.

Arab ICC Project (2001 - 2004)

The Arab ICC Project supported the ratification and accession of Arab states to the ICC Statute through high-level meetings, conferences and consultations with government officials in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni and IHRLI staff have presented numerous lectures and engaged in consultations regarding ICC implementation. IHRLI has also worked in partnership with local groups and governments on a regional conference held at ISISC for Ministers of Justice and other high ranking officials, a conference in Yemen to support the ICC, lectures at the United Arab Emirates Police Academy in Dubai and conferences in Bahrain and Morocco on regional ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute. IHRLI prepared the first publication in Arabic on the ICC in 2001, which included an explanation of the ICC and a review of the Rome Statute. In addition, IHRLI prepared two books in Arabic on the ICC - Documents of the International Criminal Court: A Textbook and The International Criminal Court: Introduction to the Study of the Rome Statute Provisions and Domestic Implementation (Dar al Shorouk 2004).

Holy Sites Project (2003-2006)

The Holy Sites Project outlines a special legal regime to protect Christian, Jewish and Muslim,sacred spaces in Jerusalem. The regime respects the interests of the local governmental, safeguards the sites and ensures accessibility for people of faith and others. The regime provides a mediating link between governments, citizens and non-governmental organizations to resolve conflicts, address administrative concerns and provide methods of support for the maintenance of these sites. The project also seeks to promote better understanding and a spirit of cooperation between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. In 2005, Executive Director David E. Guinn completed a report for the Holy Sites project which was later published.

Human Rights Training in Jordan (2005)

In 2005, IHRLI co-sponsored several training seminars on Human Rights with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jordan. The 3-day training course included government officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Education and Justice, the Police Academy, General Intelligence, and the Human Rights Institute.