A Step Forward in UNODC Development of Palestinian Capacities in Forensics science

Ministry of Justice Signed MOU with the University of Jordan

On 1 April 2014, the Palestinian Ministry of Justice signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Jordan. Under this MoU, eight Palestinian doctors, contracted by the Ministry of Justice, will conduct a four-year training programme in forensic medicine at the University of Jordan, which would eventually lead to the award of a specialty degree in forensic medicine. This training programme aims to prepare the doctors for certification by both the Jordanian Medical Council and the Palestinian Medical Council in the field of forensic medicine.

According to the MoU a technical committee, which includes representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the University of Jordan and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, will be established to provide monitoring and oversight of both the academic and the practical parts of the programme.

The Signing Ceremony was co-chaired by H. E Advocate Ali Muhanna, the Palestinian Minister of Justice and Professor Ekhleif Tarawneh, President of the University of Jordan. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Justice Tettey and Mutasem Awad from UNODC, Ghada Hadad from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), in addition to senior officials from the Ministry of Justice and the University of Jordan.

The MoU aims to regulate the four-year fellowship programme in forensic medicine which is a core part of UNODC project on " Forensic Human Resource and Governance Development Assistance for the Palestinian National Authority " implemented by UNODC and funded by DFATD. The project, launched on 8 December 2011, aims to support the development of forensic science and forensic medicine capacity within the Palestinian judicial system, and build the foundation and operational tools for high quality, reliable and sustainable forensic services within the framework of the Palestinian judicial system. Under this project, seven Palestinian doctors are studying towards a higher specialty degree in forensic medicine.

For more information please contact mutasem.awad[AT]unodc.org.