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You are invited to join the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) at our annual conference that explores emerging topics in rule of law promotion. The conference gathers experts from the development, government, judicial, non-profit and advocacy worlds?and draws from ABA ROLI?s nearly 25 years of experience implementing programs in 99 countries?for a series of dynamic discussions on gender-based violence, criminal justice reform, transitional justice and empowerment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Click below to register today for this free event.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Panels: 1:30?5:00 pm
Reception: 5:00?6:30 pm

Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Road, NW 
Washington DC

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1:30?3:00 pm

Track 1

Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Conflict, Post-Conflict and Transitioning States

This panel will explore preventative, responsive and remedial interventions aimed at addressing gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world. The discussion will underline the need to ensure accountability to target populations and continual learning from those intended and unintended effects of such interventions.

Paulina Rudnicka, Senior Legal Analyst, ABA ROLI


  • Cindy Dyer, Vice President, Vital Voices Global Partnership
  • Richard Malengule, Director of the Women’s Justice and Empowerment Program in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, ABA ROLI
  • Joseph Vess, Senior Program Officer, Promundo

Crime and Punishment—2014

Do procedural overhauls and innovations—including the introduction of adversarial systems, increased protections and more transparent processes—result in more effective advocacy and fairer criminal justice proceedings? This panel will discuss the impact of reforms on citizens and legal professionals.

The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Michael McCullough, Director of the Latin America and the Caribbean Division, ABA ROLI
  • Jenny Willier Murphy, Senior Justice Advisor, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, The Wilson Center

3:30?5:00 pm

Track 2

Transitional Justice and the Rule of Law: Conceptual and Practical Challenges and Opportunities

This panel will examine whether the goals of the fields of transitional justice and the rule of law are compatible or in conflict, and will then use case studies, including a discussion of ABA ROLI's work in Mali, to consider the practical challenges and opportunities that can arise when transitional justice programs are implemented alongside broader rule of law initiatives.

Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, American Society of International Law


  • Olivier Kambala wa Kambala, Transitional Justice Program Director, Mali, ABA ROLI
  • Paul Seils, Vice President and General Counsel, International Center for Transitional Justice
  • Andrew Solomon, Transitional Justice Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development

Equality in Action: Advancing Human Development through the Empowerment of LGBT Persons

This panel will examine the domestic and global movement for the full legal equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, using a rights-based approach to explain the connection between legal empowerment and human development. Panelists will discuss successes within the LGBT rights movements in the U.S. and overseas, as well as ways organizations can benefit from working together to promote the human rights of LGBT persons.

Jessie Tannenbaum, Senior Legal Analyst, ABA ROLI


  • Jesse Bernstein, Program Officer, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
  • Kylar Broadus, Senior Public Policy Counsel, Transgender Civil Rights Project, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • Mark Bromley, Chair, Council for Global Equality

5:00?6:30 pm

Networking Reception

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