ABA ROLI Update June 2014

ABA ROLI Update
June 2014  

The US Trade Representative Takes the Philippines off Its Special 301 Report’s Watch List

Balkans Conference Launches Regional Rule of Law Network

The U.S. Trade Representative, in its 2014 Special 301 Report—which assesses the state of intellectual property rights worldwide—removed the Philippines from its watch list in recognition of the country’s accomplishments in upholding intellectual property rights. The April 30 report finds that the Philippine government has undertaken sustained actions “to improve intellectual property rights protection and civil and administrative enforcement.” The Philippines had been on the watch list since the U.S. Trade Representative issued its first report in 1989. Read more »»


Armenia: Documentary encourages discussions around jury trials

Azerbaijan: Domestic violence workshop for defense attorneys

Haiti: ABA ROLI delegation visits Haiti

Kuwait: Lawyers trained in law practice management

Moldova: TV show raises awareness of LGBT rights

 Event: Panel discussion on participatory transitional justice

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ABA ROLI Hosts a Panel Discussion on Participatory Transitional Justice

 Kazakhstani Judges and Judicial Trainers Attend a Mediation Seminar

On June 18, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) hosted a panel discussion on the role that affected communities can play in designing transitional justice strategies that effectively promote accountability, reconciliation and peace. Lena Slachmuijlder of Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Dr. Patrick Vinck of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Jim Wormington of ABA ROLI discussed the advantages and challenges of ensuring such community participation within transitional justice policymaking. Read more »»


TV Show Raises Public Awareness on LGBT Rights in Moldova

TV Show Raises Public Awareness on LGBT Rights in Moldova

In March, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), in partnership with Moldovan non-governmental organization GENDERDOC-M, produced and broadcast a TV show to raise public awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Moldova. Aired on the Canal Regional station, which services 15 cities and has an estimated audience of 250,000 people, the show challenges myths and stereotypes about the LGBT community, many of which are routinely reinforced by the Moldovan media. Read more »»


Kuwaiti Lawyers Trained in Law Practice Management

Seeking justice for victims of rape in Minova, DRC

For lawyers who take the helm of managing their own law practice, the first steps of opening shop and growing a client base can be daunting. In April, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) partnered with the Kuwait Lawyers Association to train lawyers on key skills for running a successful private practice. Read more »»

Documentary Encourages Discussion around Jury Trials in Armenia

 Kazakhstani Judges and Judicial Trainers Attend a Mediation Seminar

On February 7, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) held a roll-out event for a documentary on the pros and cons of introducing jury trials in Armenia. About 50 advocates, law professors and students from Yerevan State University and Hay-Bussak University and representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs, the Court of Cassation and the U.S. embassy in Armenia attended the event. Read more »»


ABA ROLI Delegation Visits Haiti

 Kazakhstani Judges and Judicial Trainers Attend a Mediation Seminar

From April 9-11, a five-person ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) delegation visited Haiti, led by the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and serves as the chair of ABA ROLI’s Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Council. The delegation, which included LAC council members Patrick Del Duca and Richard Peña and D.C.-based staffers, including LAC Director Mike McCullough, undertook the trip to observe ABA ROLI’s ongoing efforts to support the recovery of the country’s legal system. Read more »»


Azerbaijani Defense Attorneys Attend a Workshop on Combating Domestic Violence

On March 29, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and the Council of Europe organized a workshop on combating domestic violence for 30 Azerbaijani lawyers. The training was the second of two organized to help improve participants’ understanding of domestic violence-related laws. Read more »»

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