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What We Do - Our Program Areas


Governance and Justice System Strengthening

As part of its judicial reform programs, ABA ROLI promotes greater independence, accountability and transparency in judicial systems; assists in drafting and implementing codes of judicial ethics; promotes judicial education and training; and helps to enhance court administration and efficiency. Read more »»

Human Rights and Access to Justice

Enhancing access to justice and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, including women, children and marginalized populations, are among the principal aims of ABA ROLI. ABA ROLI implements targeted strategies to promote human rights worldwide while simultaneously applying human rights and gender perspectives across all its programs and practice areas, in keeping with a general human rights-based approach to legal development. In doing so, ABA ROLI is guided by human rights principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments. Read more »»

Transitions, Conflict Mitigation and Peacebuilding

Transitions in governance, particularly in societies emerging from conflict, are critical opportunities to establish the rule of law. The outbreak, escalation and recurrence of violent conflict, particularly those in which large-scale human rights abuses are committed, present a significant, ongoing threat to development, peace and stability. Read more »»

Inclusive and Sustainable Development

In recent years, there has been a growing global recognition that stronger economic growth and increased foreign investment as a means towards sustained poverty reduction must take into consideration a variety of social and environmental factors that affect whether national wealth and opportunities are distributed in an equitable, balanced manner. Read more »»

Internet Freedom

ABA ROLI is partnering with local civil society organizations and experts in 18 countries (11 in Europe and Eurasia and seven in Asia) to build the capacity of lawyers and CSOs to foster freedom of expression, association and flow of information on the internet. Read more »»

Justice Works

Justice Works supports nongovernmental organization-led initiatives to prevent, reduce and respond to bias-motivated violence based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics by providing targeted pro bono technical assistance to civil society, the justice sector and other stakeholders. Read more »»

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