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Lessons from the Field: Innovation in Rule of Law Programming

  • U.S. Institute of Peace 2301 Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20037 United States (map)
Audience of a courtroom during a trial of police officers, who are charged with murder or attempted murder for a prison massacre, at the Catholic Cultural Center Saint-Louis in Haiti, Oct. 2011. Photo Courtesy of The New York Times/Andres Martinez Casares

Audience of a courtroom during a trial of police officers, who are charged with murder or attempted murder for a prison massacre, at the Catholic Cultural Center Saint-Louis in Haiti, Oct. 2011. Photo Courtesy of The New York Times/Andres Martinez Casares

The U.S. and other foreign assistance providers have long supported programs that strengthen the rule of law to advance peace, democracy and development. Today, strategies and tactics are changing rapidly, with an increasing emphasis on coordinating aid, learning lessons from the field and using technology to heighten impact. The U.S. Institute of Peace and the University of South Carolina’s Rule of Law Collaborative are hosting a daylong symposium highlighting new approaches and technologies to further the rule of law.

Technologies like mobile banking and smartphone applications are emerging as valuable tools for advancing the rule of law. At the same time, the private sector is playing an increasing role in providing assistance—corporations, for example, are seeking to support changes on the ground as public demand increases for them to demonstrate social responsibility.

In the symposium, experts with diverse experience across the globe will discuss a range of approaches and innovations, from a mobile app that connects legal defenders with civil society leaders to the more intangible challenge of building the political will to apply the rule of law. Others will outline programs in Yemen and Libya, as well as trends in how donors and those providing assistance coordinate and cooperate in providing their aid.

Event Details

  • Date: June 23, 2017

  • When: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

  • Where: U.S. Institute of Peace

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