The third in a series of 2012-2013 International Legal Practice Colloquia sponsored by the International and Comparative Law Program, this colloquium will explore the diverse roles that international lawyers play in supporting the rule of law, democracy and governance more generally, in developing countries and countries emerging from violent conflict.
Strengthening the rule of law in developing countries, particularly those emerging from conflict and transitioning to democratic governance, requires reform of the substance as well as process of the law. Substantive and procedural reforms can create more accessible and consumer-oriented dispute settlement procedures.
These include legal claims brought before courts and human rights tribunals, electoral complaints mechanisms and complaints to national human rights institutions. Often development assistance supports the ratification and implementation of multilateral treaties, including human rights, health, and environmental agreements.
Procedural reforms are a core part of enhancing access to justice for marginalized groups, including enhancing accessibility of notice requirements, the right to be heard, access to information rights, and the provision of reasonable accommodations. Beyond the reform of legal systems and institutions, international donors are increasingly embracing an empowerment model that implicates non-formal and decentralized justice and administrative systems and processes, local communities in development, and the duties of private and public actors in fostering inclusion.
A panel of international lawyers will speak to their professional growth and to their experience in rule of law development work.
Janet Lord, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Senior Partner, BlueLaw International
Peter Danchin, Professor of Law, Director, International Law Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Andrew Solomon, Director, BlueLaw International, formerly Brookings Institution
Robert Cassilly, Senior Advisor on Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, US Department of State, formerly JAG Corps