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ABA International Rule of Law Conference Will Focus on Sustainable Development, Technology, Women’s Health and Youth


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ABA International Rule of Law Conference Will Focus on Sustainable Development, Technology, Women’s Health and Youth

By Edward McEneely

WASHINGTON, D.C., Mar. 6, 2013 —  International experts from around the globe will discuss human rights and extractive industries, the promotion of the rule of law through youth-focused programs, the use of technology to fight corruption, and women’s health during the “Emerging Issues in the Rule of Law” conference hosted by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative on March 13th at the Renaissance Washington Hotel in D.C. The free event will also feature a networking reception.

Program highlights include:

“Youth and the Rule of Law” — Many countries receiving large amounts of foreign aid have populations with a median age around 15–22 years, yet resources directed at youth do not keep pace with this reality. Panelists will explore how to convert the “youth bulge” into rule of law opportunities.
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

“Human Rights and Extractive Industries: Protecting Rights, Empowering Communities and Promoting Sustainable Development” — Foreign investment in extractive industries, such as mining, has increased in recent years.  Experts will discuss effective approaches for protecting human rights, empowering communities and promoting sustainable development.
1:30– 3:30 p.m.

“Mainstreaming the Rule of Law into the Global Women’s Health Agenda” — This panel will explore how core rule of law strategies can be used to ensure positive health outcomes for women and girls by challenging structural gender-based discrimination in health care systems.
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

What: Emerging Issues in the Rule of Law

When: March 13, 2013
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Renaissance Washington Hotel
999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

A complete agenda and updated list of speakers can be found online.

For media credentialing, please contact Rabiah Burks at  This event is free and open to members of the press.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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