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2017 Rule of Law Luncheon

Post-Conflict Transition and the Rule of Law

Video: Keynote Conversation

Post-Conflict Transition and the Rule of Law — Lessons from Colombia

Speakers: Stephen Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Criminal Justice and Carlos Urrutia, former Ambassador of Colombia to the U.S. and Senior Partner with Brigard & Urrutia

Moderator:  Judge M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and Chair, ABA ROLI

This year’s keynote explored the Colombian peace process, its implications for the rule of law and the broader lessons learned from the challenges to rule of law in post-conflict settings. Ambassador Rapp, Ambassador Urrutia and Judge McKeown discussed Colombia’s future and the effort to move forward, to hold accountable those who have committed serious offenses and to gain public support for the rule of law. The discussion highlighted the lessons that can be learned from Colombia’s transitional justice process, how it can be reflected in countries around the world that are facing similar challenges and how aid organizations, like ABA ROLI, can assist.

Pro Bono Champions

ABA ROLI recognized three extraordinary pro bono contributions to  our work through the 2016-2017 International Pro Bono Rule of Law Award.

Alex Rossmiller, Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Public Corruption Unit

Bryan Taylor, Canyon Country Prosecutor, Idaho, and adjunct professor at Concordia University School of Law

Law Firm:
Hogan Lovells, LLP, represented by London-based partner Julianne Hughes-Jennett

Human Rights Champion

This year’s Luncheon also honored the work of Patricia Guerrero, founder of the League of Displaced Women in Colombia and recipient of the 2017 ABA International Human Rights Award for her work to advance the rights of women in Colombia.