Title of Presentation : Introducing a Public Interest Focus in the Legal Clinic Program: A Case Study from the Kyrgyz Republic
Short Abstract : At present Law department of AUCA is working on strengthening its clinical program by making it focused on high impact public interest law cases since very often people turn to Legal Clinic seeking for help to protect their rights against unlawful measures of authorities or individuals. Currently, Clinic has few such cases; the biggest one is on protection of residents’ rights against illegal construction of children’s playground that is considered as so called common land. This case has been handled by Clinic for almost 2 years. During the whole period we have done a great deal of work in protecting residents’ rights and achieved remarkable results. Essential part of this case is writing a Manual on protection of rights over common property. This manual is being developed by Legal Clinic students under the supervision of the Legal Clinic Director. The idea of this manual is to provide local communities with practical recommendations on how to protect their rights over common property.
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