University of Pittsburgh

Student Voices: Interviewing Lawyers in Morocco

"I became interested in Moroccan law while working for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Washington, DC during the summer following my 2L year. MCC is an international development agency of the U.S. government with the mission of reducing poverty through economic growth. While working on the agency's agreement for development aid with Morocco, numerous questions of Moroccan law arose which led me to do my own research on legal reforms in the country. In particular I focused on reforms in the area of women's rights in the areas of marriage and divorce law.

It was important to travel to Morocco to conduct my research because the entire texts of the laws and their legislative histories were not accessible in print form in the U.S. or online.

It was also enormously helpful to speak with legal professionals and everyday citizens in the country to gain a more in-depth perspective on the impact of the new laws on society. CILE greatly helped me to achieve this goal by providing a grant that covered a significant portion of my airfare expenses. Without their assistance, my trip wouldn't have been possible." --Bryan Oklin JD 2008

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