CWRU Law School's First Cohort Receives Master of Arts in Financial Integrity Degrees in Saudi Arabia

student and Dean Scharf in Saudi Arabia

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Law Co-Dean Michael Scharf spent three days at Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS), the law school's partner school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 31–Nov. 2. He was the guest of University President Dr. Abdulmajeed bin Abdullah Albanyan and participated in the graduation ceremony of the law school's first cohort receiving the CWRU Master of Arts in Financial Integrity degree in Saudi Arabia. Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly of Egypt, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, was the graduation speaker.

Co-Dean Michael Scharf (right) presents a plaque to the president of NAUSS
Co-Dean Michael Scharf (right) presents a plaque to the president of NAUSS.

The law school’s partnership with NAUSS began in 2018. In addition to the graduating cohort, there are currently two more cohorts in the two-year program taught by a mix of American and international instructors. Each cohort averages 20 students from across the Middle East.

Co-directed by Alek el-Kamhary of CWRU School of Law and Najla Al-Hogail of NAUSS, the unique program focuses on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, targeted sanctions, anti-corruption and international tax evasion policies and practices.

NAUSS has other joint programs with Johns Hopkins University (MD), John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NY), SUNY - The State University of New York, University of Georgia, Bond University (Australia), and King's College (UK).