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Rule of Law Diplomacy: The Role of Civil Society in the Prom

Rule of Law Diplomacy: The Role of Civil Society in the Promotion of Law and Legal Institutions Across Borders
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Program Fee:
Free for Members and Non-Lawyers | $15 for Non-Member Lawyers
Diplomacy and the law are interactive and interdependent. As discussed in the recent publication, The Research Handbook on Law and Diplomacy (Elgar 2022), the tools of diplomacy are frequently deployed by governments and members of civil society to promote the rule of law across borders. This panel brings together leaders from the judiciary, NGOs, and the practicing bar who direct programs and projects to promote law, legal institutions, and access to legal services and justice across borders. Panelists will discuss their respective roles in promoting the rule of law at the international level and in societies undergoing constitutional transitions and experiencing economic and/or political crises. Among the topics to be addressed: building support for international law and courts; coordination and support of the legal profession across borders during times of crisis-- including following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022; promotion of private and commercial law; diplomatic and civil society support of democracy and human rights.

The Honorable Sidney H. Stein, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York; Immediate Past Chair of the International Judicial Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States
Omar Badawi, Senior Attorney, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; Principal Staff to the International Judicial Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States
Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, World Judicial Project
Serhiy Hoshovsky, Chair, New York State Bar Association, Ukraine Task Force
Maria Longi, U. S. State Department, Coordinator for Europe and Eurasia
Renata Parras, Paul Hastings, LLP, Counsel for ESG and Director of Pro Bono Programs

Peggy McGuinness, Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, Member Council on International Affairs
David P. Stewart, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center

Sponsoring Committee: 
Council on International Affairs, Mark A. Meyer, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
International Human Rights, Ramya Jawahar-Kudekallu, Chair
International Law, Ulyana Bardyn, Chair
Rule of Law Task Force, Marcy Kahn, Chair

Business & Human Rights, Suzanne Knijnenburg & John Murray, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:

New York State Bar Association International Section
New York International Law Review
St. John’s University Center for International and Comparative Law

New York City Bar Association 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036

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