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International Rule of Law Forum:

International Rule of Law Forum: Priorities for U.S. Recommitment to International Law and Institutions
Session 1: The Rule of Law and Authoritarian Ascendance: the Nature and Scale of the Threat, and the Legal, Policy and Societal Responses to It
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  
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Program Fee:
Free for Members and Non-Lawyers | $15 Non-Members

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The rise of authoritarian or authoritarian-leaning governments and political parties is a trend affecting nations across the globe. In the United States, we have witnessed an undermining of democratic norms and institutions that previously constrained the reach of the Executive Branch. The steady erosion of these norms coupled with an aversion to the rule of law culminated in the January 6 assault on the United States Capitol. However, the U.S. is not alone in this struggle, with populist authoritarian movements gaining support across Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. These movements often reflect growing resentment at current social and economic conditions, expressed in ideologies spanning the political spectrum in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia.  However, many such movements, whether through governments or private actors, often encourage contempt for minorities and immigrants,  assassination or detention of political opponents, repression of speech and association, glorification of violent ideologies, or  undermining of independent judiciaries – all actions that undermine fundamental  human rights and  the rule of law.

How should the United States respond to these movements, both domestically and internationally? What tools already exist, legally or in terms of policies and programs that can help to counter these anti-democratic and often violent movements? How serious a threat do authoritarian movements pose to democracy in the long term? Domestically, is the current Congressional proposal for a Commission on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation – in response to the January 6th insurrection – sufficient? Or are other law enforcement measures required? What is the role of the legal profession in defending and advancing democracy at home and abroad at a time of competing philosophies of governance, widespread dissatisfaction with social or economic inequity and fundamental questions as to the meaning and role of law in addressing these concerns?
Sheila S. Boston, President, New York City Bar Association

Stephen L. Kass, Chair, City Bar Task Force on the Rule of Law

Keynote Address:
Ken Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Schona Jolly,
QC, Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales

Philippe Sands, University College London 
Ilona Szabo, Igarape Institute 
Ulysses Smith, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
Sponsoring Committees:
Task Force on the Rule of Law, Stephen L. Kass, Chair
United Nations, Clayton T. Cheney, Chair
Council on International Affairs, Michael D. Cooper, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organization:
Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law 

International Rule of Law Forum:
Session 2 | June 22, 2021: Cooperation, Competition or Confrontation: China, the U.S. and the Rule of Law
Session 3 | September 14, 2021: The United States and Multilateralism – Analyzing the United States’ Engagement with Multilateral Institutions and Exploring How Global Governance Must Evolve to Remain Relevant
Session 4 | September 29, 2021: Human Mobility: Global Leadership to Meet a Global Challenge 
Session 5 | October 3, 2021: Treaties, Conventions and Customary International Law
Session 6 | November 15, 2021: Navigating Murky Waters: Perils and Opportunities in Business Defending and Supporting the Rule of Law
Session 7 | November 30, 2021: Conclusion: The Role of the United States and U.S. Lawyers in Defending the International Rule of Law – A Call to Action

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