The Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa is a cumulative project that focuses on current legal, political, economic, and social changes in the Middle East. Through various programs it is creating at Cornell and through developments with other university programs and institutions in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe, the Initiative seeks to be a part of the ongoing progress of the developments in the rule of law and in the evolution of the legal processes in the Middle East.
The Initiative includes collaborations with Middle East specialists in academia, policy, and the legal profession in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Made possible by the generosity of Cornell alumnus Jack Clarke, the Initiative seeks to be a part of the continuing academic and legal development in the region.
The geographical focus of the Initiative includes a broad range of territories in the region. These territories include, in the Levant: Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria; in the Arabian Peninsula: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen; and in North Africa: Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Morocco. Also included are: territories without sovereign legal status, including the Palestinian territories of Gaza Strip and the West Bank; countries in the region who share religious but not linguistic affinity, such as Turkey and Iran, and countries outside the region which share linguistic and political affinity, such as Djibouti and Sudan.