2014 Conference on Emerging Topics in the Rule of Law
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Panels: 1:30–5:00 p.m.
Reception: 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20057
Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Conflict, Post-Conflict and Transitioning States
This panel will explore preventative, responsive and remedial interventions aimed at addressing gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world. The discussion will underscore the need to ensure accountability to target populations and to engage in continual learning about the intended and unintended effects of such interventions.
Crime and Punishment—2014
Do procedural overhauls and innovations—including the introduction of adversarial systems, increased protections and more transparent processes—result in more effective advocacy and fairer criminal justice proceedings? This panel will discuss the impact of reforms on citizens and legal professionals.
Transitional Justice and the Rule of Law: Conceptual and Practical Challenges and Opportunities
This panel will examine whether the goals of the fields of transitional justice and the rule of law are compatible or in conflict, and will then use case studies, including a discussion of ABA ROLI's work in Mali, to consider the practical challenges and opportunities that can arise when transitional justice programs are implemented alongside broader rule of law initiatives.
Equality in Action: Advancing Human Development through the Empowerment of LGBT Persons
This panel will examine the domestic and global movement for the full legal equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, using a rights-based approach to explain the connection between legal empowerment and human development. Panelists will discuss successes within the LGBT rights movements in the U.S. and overseas, as well as ways organizations can benefit from working together to promote the human rights of LGBT persons.