PD, Gambia University Partner on Access to Justice

Ambassador Alsup spoke at a Public Diplomacy Banjul event on June 7 in partnership with the University of The Gambia and Fulbright Specialist David Tushaus from Missouri Western University. Professor Tushaus is wrapping up a six-week program in The Gambia, during which he worked with university faculty and law students to operationalize a law clinic for indigent Gambians. Plans for this law clinic were drawn up in 2014, and with Tushaus’ leadership and UTG faculty guidance, the law students have begun offering general legal advice to Gambians seeking justice. The theme of Wednesday’s event was “Access to Justice: Doing Our Part.” It featured Professor Tushaus, the Ambassador, and senior lecturers of UTG. The Ambassador stressed the importance of the rule of law and expressed hope that the Barrow government’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission would be a path to justice for Gambians who suffered under the former president. This event featured an open discussion forum in which law students reflected on the new democratic and open government in The Gambia, and identified necessary legal reforms for future action.