Lecture Contrasts Domestic Violence Laws in Saudi Arabia, U.S.

In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice and Safety has invited Abdulrahman Alothman, law professor at the Higher Judicial Institute, Imam University in Saudi Arabia, to present a comparison of newly enacted domestic violence laws in Saudi Arabia with laws in the United States.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. in Posey Auditorium of the Stratton Building on the Richmond campus. A reception, with an opportunity for questions and answers, will immediately follow. 

Alothman holds law degrees from both Saudi Arabia and the United States. He is also a Doctor of Juridical Science degree candidate at George Washington University Law School and works with the Saudi Arabian Embassy to resolve issues that Saudi students encounter at American universities. His specialties include alternative dispute resolution, Islamic law transactions, women’s rights, and international and comparative law. 

Recent high-profile cases of domestic violence have generated attention and public discussions worldwide. “While it is sad that it takes a famous person and a video to generate such attention, we should utilize this attention to promote awareness while the public is listening,” said Jami Stout, academic adviser for the College’s Advising Center and key organizer for the event.

“It is extremely important for the public to remember that domestic violence knows no racial, cultural, religious or class boundaries,” Stout added. “Anyone can be a victim and anyone can be a perpetrator. It affects all of us regardless of our cultures. With open and honest communication, we can effect change and bring more serious and intentional awareness to this issue.”

In addition to his lecture, Alothman will facilitate workshops for students, faculty and staff in the College in an effort to bridge the gap between cultural and legal differences international students face when leaving their home country to pursue higher education in the United States.

“This is an opportunity to inform, not criticize, and create an atmosphere of understanding and respect,” Alothman said. “Although our cultures are not the same, we are more alike than we are different.”

For more information about the event, contact Stout at 859-622-7216.

Published on September 24, 2014

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