ILF West Bank January 2012

West Bank

ILF-West Bank provides free criminal defense services to indigent accused persons in the West Bank. The ILF opened the first independent public defender office in Ramallah in 2010 at the request of the European Police Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS), the European Commission’s rule of law project in the West Bank.  ILF-West Bank plans to expand into  Jenin and Hebron in coming months. To date, ILF-West Bank has represented more than 150 clients, the majority of whom came to the ILF through the juvenile court system.

Nael Ghannam

Legal Coordinator 

Nael Ghannam, the head of ILF-West Bank, has specialized in criminal defense for the past five years. Before joining ILF-West Bank, Ghannam worked as a partner in a private law firm in Ramallah and joined ILF-West Bank to pursue his passion for criminal defense work. Ghannam earned a law degree from the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, in 2004.

Nour Bustami

Legal Projects Coordinator

Nour Bustami previously worked for the Hussam Attereh Group a law firm with offices in Nablus and Ramallah. She has also been a lecturer on Empowerment of Women at the Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution.  She graduated with a B.A. in law from Al-Najah National University located in Nablus, where she was born and raised.

Ghadanfar Kamanji

Regional Coordinator – Northern Region

Ghadanfar Kamanji previously worked as a legal consultant to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and assisted the Law Faculty at Birzeit University in publishing legal books. Kamanji graduated with a B.A. in law from the Arab American University in Jenin and has taken additional course work on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

Aseel Ibrahim

Communications Officer

Aseel Ibrahim, who handles communications and reporting for ILF-West Bank, earned a BA degree in English Language and Literature at Birzeit University, West Bank, in 2008. Aseel passed the Legal Translation Test and was certified by the Ministry of Justice in 2011. Before joining ILF-West Bank, Aseel worked at Al-Ayyam Printing, Press, Publication & Distribution Company as an administrative assistant.

Suad Jawan

Staff Lawyer

Suad Jawan is a staff lawyer who previously worked at the Ministry of Finance in the land registration department. She is a native of Ramallah and graduated from Birzeit University, West Bank, in 2009 with a degree in law.

Maryam Jaradat

Staff Lawyer

Maryam Jaradat graduated first in her class from Arab American University in 2011. She had the distinctive honor of attending the third training session for trainee lawyers hosted annually by the Al-Haq Foundation. Prior to joining the ILF West Bank she worked at a non-governmental organization as well as at a private law firm.

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