ABA ROLI Update July 2014

July 2014  

Radio Campaign Demonstrates the Impact of Criminal Justice Reforms in Peru

Radio Campaign Demonstrates the Impact of Criminal Justice Reforms

Since May, Peru’s local radio stations have been broadcasting a series of 15-minute shows about the country’s ongoing criminal justice reforms. The 16 episodes, which the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) developed in collaboration with Peruvian experts, cover various topics, including the presumption of innocence, victims’ rights, the roles of the public defender and the national police, and citizen arrests. Read more »»

 Georgia: Online learning platform for lawyers
 Libya: Workshops encourage community discussions on constitution
 Philippines: Efforts reduce case backlog in Quezon City courts
 Russia: Promoting effective public oversight
 South Sudan: Assessment of justice, accountability and reconciliation measures
 Photos: Dr. Jill Biden and Ambassador Catherine Russell meet DRC staff
 Ask an Alum: Meet Julie Bronson
 Video: Promoting jury trials in Armenia
 In the news: Inclusive solutions in South Sudan; Delegation visits Moldova

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Dr. Jill Biden and Amb. Catherine Russell Meet With ABA ROLI Staff

Such an honor to speak with Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Ambassador-at-Large Catherine Russell of the U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Women's Issues about our work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their delegation visited our legal aid center as part of a multi-country Africa trip to foster women's rights as they relate to economic development, improved health and educational outcomes, strengthened democratic governance, peace and security. Read more »

Workshops Encourage Community Discussions on Libya’s Constitution

Spring 2014 marked the beginning of formal meetings of Libya’s Constituent Assembly, charged with drafting the country’s new constitution. In the lead-up to this process, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) facilitated discussion among legal professionals and within Libyan communities around key constitutional issues, helping to foster citizen participation. From July 2013–April 2014, ABA ROLI held 12 workshops and roundtables in eight locations across three Libyan regions. Read more »»


Online Continuing Legal Education Platform Launched in Georgia

An Online Continuing Legal Education Platform Launched in Georgia

On June 9, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) launched an online learning platform for lawyers, which it created in coordination with the Georgian Bar Association (GBA) and the Georgian Technical University. ABA ROLI had held a May 30 event to introduce the new platform to local and international stakeholders. Read more »»

ABA ROLI Releases an Assessment of Justice, Accountability and Reconciliation Measures in South Sudan

In June, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) published an assessment of existing and potential justice, accountability and reconciliation measures that could be utilized in response to the atrocities committed in South Sudan since December 2013. Conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), the study was undertaken to provide a qualitative, cross-sectional snapshot of the current situation in South Sudan. Read more »»

Pilot Programs Help to Reduce Case Backlog in Quezon City Courts

Three pilot programs that the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is supporting in Quezon City’s first level courts are bearing significant results in decongesting the city’s 33 courts. Read more »»

Ask an Alum: Julie Bronson

Ask an Alum: Julie Bronson

Julie Bronson, who recently completed a six-month service as a legal specialist in Kazakhstan, shares her experiences.

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Trainings Promote Public Oversight in Russia

In June, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) provided a series of eight trainings for journalists, lawyers, bloggers and advocates on conducting effective public oversight and on sharing the results of a public oversight investigation. Held in the Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Kazan and Novosibirsk regions of Russia, the trainings attracted about 200 participants from 27 regions. Read more »»

ABA ROLI In the News:

ABA ROLI Delegation Visits Moldova
(National Institute of Justice)

ABA ROLI Delegation Visits National Institute of Justice This Romanian-language article covers a meeting between ABA ROLI representatives, including Deputy Director Steven Lepper, and representatives from Moldova's National Institute of Justice. During the mid-July gathering, the group discussed their ongoing partnership to advance continuing legal education around issues such as corruption, ethics and public integrity.

Video: Promoting Jury Trials in Armenia
(Voice of America)

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Carol Z. Perez of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs was interviewed by Voice of America Armenia about ABA ROLI's work in the country, and in particular about our innovative methods of promoting understanding around the concept of jury trials.

Looking for Inclusive Solutions in South Sudan

Our 2014 South Sudan report was mentioned in a recent DipNote post by Deputy Assistant Secretary Steven Feldstein of the Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

Global Justice for Rape Survivors Demands Extraordinary Efforts
(Al Jazeera


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