Between the 14th and the 18th of May, 2016, the Faculty of Law and Political Science Clinical Legal Education (FLPCLE) in Laos organized a training on the topic of “Human Trafficking and Smuggling”. My name is Vanny Phommathed, I am a FLPCLE student, and I attended this training, along with more than 27 other students, teachers, donors and lawyers. It was conducted by FLPCLE Teachers, who used Clinical Legal Education (CLE) Lesson Plans and methodologies. All were actively involved and appeared to enjoy the sessions.

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Ajan Thatsanalone Sisounouth, Head of the FLPCLE Students Administration Department, explained the objectives of the training- i.e., to strengthen the knowledge of Laotian students, regarding the training topic and related legal regulations, because they will be conducting related community teachings, especially in the Capital, Vientiane, during 2016. These teachings are part of a pilot project that is supported by the Institute for Legal Technical Assistance (ILSTA). Richard Philippart, an ILSTA trainer, also covered the same topic, after which students could identify key elements of human trafficking and smuggling.

By Vanny Phommathed , FLPCLE Student