he Minister of Education Ung Huot welcomed a contract law program which opened
at the Petite Lyceé on June 14. Nearly ninety students will study nine courses
to be taught in three semesters of fifteen weeks each.
The course is the
first full formal program in contract law to be taught in Cambodia in over
twenty years. Huot told the students and teachers: "Contract Law is very
important to the development of Cambodia."
The students include seventy
staff from 14 ministries, three courts, three university programs, along with
students from private human rights and law organizations.
first semester courses in free market contract law, modern contract forms, and
special English for contract law will be taught.
The Asia Foundation is
funding the course and providing the teachers. All of the law courses will be
taught in English and Khmer by lawyers from abroad and assisted by Cambodian Law
School graduates. Three contract law books in English and Khmer have been
created specially for the course.
The special English courses have been
designed and will be taught by the Australian Center for English.
Asia Foundation noted that: "As Cambodia continues its transition from a
centrally planned to an open market economy.... it is essential that qualified
Cambodians be able to analyze contracts submitted to Cambodian agencies to
ensure that Cambodian interests are properly served.
"At the same time,
qualified individuals must be able to draft internationally sound contracts to
secure economic and national development."
The program was developed in
cooperation with the Ministry of Justice. The Ambassador of the United States to
the Royal Government of Cambodia, Charles Twining attended the ceremony.