Audio & Video Highlights: 2014 Conference on Emerging Topics in the Rule of Law

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This panel explored preventative, responsive and remedial interventions aimed at addressing gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world. The discussion focused on the need to ensure accountability to target populations and to engage in continual learning about the intended and unintended effects of such interventions.


Moderator:

Paulina Rudnicka, Senior Legal Analyst, ABA ROLI


Panelists:

  • Cindy Dyer, Vice President, Vital Voices Global Partnership
  • Richard Malengule, Director of the Women’s Justice and Empowerment Program in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, ABA ROLI
  • Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D., Director of Gender Practice, Development & Training Services
  • Joseph Vess, Senior Program Officer, Promundo

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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 discussed the impact of reforms on citizens and legal professionals.


Moderator:

The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Panelists:

  • Michael McCullough, Director of the Latin America and the Caribbean Division, ABA ROLI
  • Jenny Willier Murphy, Senior Justice Advisor, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, The Wilson Center

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This panel examined whether the goals of the fields of transitional justice and the rule of law are compatible or in conflict, and used 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.


Moderator:

Jim Wormington, Senior Legal Analyst, ABA ROLI


Panelists
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  • Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, American Society of International Law
  • Olivier Kambala wa Kambala, Transitional Justice Program Director, Mali, ABA ROLI
  • Andrew Solomon, Transitional Justice Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development

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This panel looked at 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 discussed 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.


Moderator:

Jessie Tannenbaum, Senior Legal Analyst, ABA ROLI


Panelists:

  • Jesse Bernstein, Program Officer, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
  • Kylar Broadus, Senior Public Policy Counsel, Transgender Civil Rights Project, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • Mark Bromley, Chair, Council for Global Equality
  • Stefano Fabeni, Managing Director, Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights at Heartland Alliance

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