Visit by VC Avicenna University

Professor Dr Mohammad Amin Ahmadi, Vice Chancellor and President of Avicenna University in Kabul, Afghanistan and a former member of the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Supreme Constitutional Organ of Afghanistan) visited Flinders Law on 20 August 2019. Dr Ahmadi was welcomed by Associate Professor Tania Leiman, Dean of Law, and met a research team from the College who are engaged in a project concerning family law and family violence within certain migrant communities in South Australia, particularly Afghan migrants. Members of the research team, Associate Professor Hossein Esmaeili, Associate Professor Marinella Marmo and Jenny Richards met and discussed their project with Dr Ahmadi and two Afghan community leaders in South Australia who accompanied him. Vice Chancellor Dr Ahmadi expressed his interest in the work of the research team and suggested possible involvement of Avicenna University with this project in the future.

Hossein, Marinella and Jenny, from CBGL, and Lana Zannettino, from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, were granted $25,000 in December 2018 by the Law Foundation of South Australia on a project concerning family law and family violence among refugee and asylum seekers in South Australia in order to improve engagement with the criminal justice system. The aim of the project is to explore perceptions of the nature and extent of family violence within certain migrant communities in Australia and provide data to inform further legal research that has the potential to contribute to the reform of law in this area.

Left to right:  Abdulali Najafi, Associate Professor Marinella Marmo, VC Dr Mohammad Amin Ahmadi, Associate Professor Hossein Esmaeili and Jenny Richards.