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ABA Rule of Law Initiative Annual Report 2016-2017


Dear Colleague,

Promoting the rule of law is a mission that matters.

It affects individual lives on a daily basis and extends to communities and institutions. It is a mission that encompasses justice, respect for human rights and good governance—critical pillars of successful societies and essential to achieving so many other global goals, as recognized in the U.N.’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Whether protecting the environment, guaranteeing public health or combating poverty and violence, we need clear and fair laws, sound institutions to implement and enforce them, effective civil society that can hold government accountable and an informed and empowered citizenry that embraces a culture of lawfulness.

We are enormously proud of the work that the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) does to advance this cause, and we are pleased to share this snapshot of those efforts with you.

As described in this annual report, our work covers a wide range of rule of law challenges. Organized along four program areas—Governance and Justice System Strengthening; Human Rights and Access to Justice; Transitions, Conflict Mitigation and Peacebuilding; and Inclusive and Sustainable Development—our efforts aim both to strengthen formal justice sector institutions and to empower citizens to access them. We collaborate with our in-country partners to implement programs that are responsive to local needs across five regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and North Africa.

None of this would be possible without the people behind the change—ABA ROLI donors and loyal supporters, talented staff, inspiring legal reformers and the committed volunteers who in 2016 contributed more than $3.2 million in pro bono legal assistance.

ABA ROLI would like to thank you for your support of this work. We welcome your feedback and look forward to continued collaboration in our rule of law cause.

- M. Margaret McKeown
Chair, ABA ROLI Board of Directors

- Elizabeth Andersen
Director, ABA ROLI

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