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International Women’s Day honour for City Alumna

Rehana Popal has been honoured by the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association for being the first practicing female Afghan at the Bar.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Rehana PopalCity alumna, Rehana Popal, enjoyed a special International Women’s Day last week.

On 8th March 2017, she was the recipient of a scroll from the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (UK) in recognition of her being the first practicing female Afghan at the Bar.

Rehana also enjoys the distinction of being the first person from Afghanistan to be called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

She is delighted with the recognition she received on International Women’s Day 2017:

“It is an honour to be presented with this award. I hope to be the first of many Afghan women at the bar".

Rehana Popal, is a barrister at Mansfield 1GIS Chambers and graduated in 2011 from City’s School of Arts and Social Sciences with a BSc in International Politics. She proceeded to study for her Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at the City Law School which she obtained in 2012.

Inner Temple Scholarships

Rehana remained at the City Law School, qualifying as a barrister after completing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in 2013.

While studying on the GDL course she was the recipient of the Major Exhibition and Duke of Edinburgh Scholarships sponsored by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. Rehana was also the winner of the Bar Pro Bono Award in 2013.

Rehana now practices law in the areas of Human Rights, Public Law and and Civil Law.

Public law

Public law is that area of constitutional, administrative, criminal, and International Law that focuses on the organization of the government, the relations between the state and its citizens, the responsibilities of government officials, and the relations between sister states. It is concerned with political matters, including the powers, rights, capacities, and duties of various levels of government and government officials.

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