Reinventing the Rules

Discover the Latest Innovations and Lessons Learned in Rule of Law and Legal Empowerment Projects

How Kosovo Is Becoming a Leader in Juvenile Justice Reform

Learn about the strides Kosovo is making to improve their juvenile justice system and how more work is needed to ensure public defenders are trained to keep up with the changes.

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March 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Interview with Leila Hanafi on How the Moroccan Diaspora is Pioneering Rule of Law Reform

Learn How the Moroccan Diaspora Has Been Getting Involved in Constitutional Reform

February 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Interview with Lisa Denney on Donor Engagement with Informal Actors in the Justice & Security Sector

Learn why donors in the justice and security sector struggle to engage with customary officials and why informal actors may be more adaptable to change than the state.

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Event Recap: War Crimes, Youth Activism and Memory in the Balkans

Learn about this scholar’s work on youth in the Balkans and the role they’re playing in remembering war crimes.

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Common Misconceptions About Court Reform & How This Distorts Progress

Learn why viewing courts as anti-government or pro-government is too simplistic and how public norms allow courts to be more progressive in some areas but less so in other areas.

January 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Interview with USAID’s Wade Channell on Rule of Law Reform

Learn what Wade had to say on future trends in the rule of law sector, how to publicize lessons learned, and USAID’s biggest challenges in re-defining rule of law work.

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Event Recap: Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Learn what distinguished rule of law practitioners, the former International Development Secretary, and academics had to say on the importance of rule of law in the post-2015 UN development agenda.

December 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Social Entrepreneurship Skills for Rule of Law Practitioners

Learn why lawyers and rule of law professionals need to think as social entrepreneurs and innovators to strengthen post-conflict justice systems.

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Event Recap: Gender-Based Violence and Innovative Technologies

Learn how mobile apps have helped document GBV for court cases and how it provides resources to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interview with Nimmi Gowrinathan on Women and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka

Read what Dr. Gowrinathan had to say on barriers to reporting sexual violence and what institutions and tools would be helpful to combating it.

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Kenyan Village Uses Twitter to Stop Crimes

Talk about innovative! Find out how a Kenyan chief has reduced crime in his village by employing twitter.

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interview with Felicia Mburu on Promoting Children’s Rights in Kenya

Check out Felicia’s thoughts on working with young people, traditional leaders, and religious institutions on children’s rights. You can also learn what international training is needed now more than ever!

November 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

Women in Sri Lanka Create Mobile Network to Share Social, Health & Legal News

Learn how women created their own news outlet via SMS to share pertinent information for other women on gender based violence incidents, land registration, and critical health services.

November 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

How To Make Legal Empowerment Programs Sustainable

From recommendations on challenging power structures to the use of donor basket funds, learn what strategies can improve the sustainability of legal empowerment programs.

November 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Improving Court Reform for People with Disabilities & Mental Health Needs

Check out this report by the UK Ministry of Justice on how police, lawyers, and court staff should address the needs of people with mental health and developmental disabilities.

November 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Event Recap: The Relationship Between Rule of Law and Transitional Justice

Read a summary of this event hosted by the American Society for International Law on how transitional justice can contribute to strengthening rule of law reform.

November 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Event Recap: The Role of Youth in Access to Justice

Read about two young attorney’s who have worked on access to justice initiatives for youth in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia and learn how mobile phones can improve access to justice.

November 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Role of Mass Media in Transitions to Democracy

This new report studies the effectiveness of media in Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East in helping countries transition to a democratic system.

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Impact of Rule of Law on Poverty and Development

A new report reviews the impact of rule of law initiatives on reducing poverty and boosting development and highlights which programs were successful and why.

October 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interview with Ndumba Kamwanyah on Juvenile Justice Reform in Namibia

Check out what Ndumba had to say on effective media strategies for the public and youth, how to incorporate restorative justice in juvenile courts, and the potential for international projects to undermine local initiatives.

October 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Upcoming Event: The Role of Youth in Access to Justice

On October 17th, come listen to the CEO of Social Impact Lab Company, and two young attorney’s from Kenya and Ethiopia talk about the role of youth in access to justice!

October 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

An Innovative Approach to Reforming Prison Systems

Check out how 4 countries have redefined their prison systems to reduce crime and prepare inmates to re-enter society.

October 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Horizontal Systems of Justice and Why They Matter

Learn about traditional justice systems that strengthen human rights and why imparting skills like media and institutional advocacy are essential.

October 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Recommendations on Improving Evaluations in the Rule of Law Sector

Learn about the preferred method for stakeholders to absorb lessons learned & the evaluation reports that are most effective.

September 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interview: The 50/50 Group on Women’s Rights in Sierra Leone

With an illiteracy rate of over 70% among women in Sierra Leone, learn how The 50/50 Group made new laws for women more accessible.

September 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

An Overview of Innovations that Advanced Women’s Rights in the US

From remaking the public image of women in the media to taking on strategic legal cases, the history of the women’s movement in the US offers a few lessons on advancing equality abroad.

September 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interview with Anthropologist Dr. Stephen Lubkemann on Accessing Justice in Liberia

This anthropologist studied how Liberians interacted with the justice system and explains why more anthropologists are needed in the rule of law sector.

September 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

Promoting Legal Literacy for Women in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, this program teaches women about the rights they’re entitled to while demystifying government bureaucracy and access to legal aid.

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Using Popular Culture to Build Rule of Law in Chile

Learn how Proyecto ACCESO used techniques from US and Russia in the 20th century to promote rule of law through popular culture in South America.

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interview with the Egyptian Diaspora on Strengthening Rule of Law and Democracy in Egypt

Read about the latest changes in Egypt, how being part of the Diaspora has helped advance rule of law and democracy, and how the international community should alter its approach.

August 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Filling Access to Justice Gaps Through Churches

This program is one of the first of its kind in the US to provide free legal aid in civil cases through churches in Tennessee

July 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Have We Learned About Institutional Change?

Seth Kaplan summarizes interesting lessons from international aid agencies on how to work politically and address challenges to governance reform.

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interview with Professor and Rule of Law Practitioner: James M. Cooper

Check out what James Cooper had to say on his experience helping South America transition to an adversarial system while still balancing indigenous forms of justice.

July 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

Mobile Survey Enables Citizens to Evaluate Delivery of Justice in Niger

In Niger, 46,000 people have provided feedback via SMS on their experience with the judicial system.

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

10 Things To Know About Rule of Law Reform

From focusing on a country’s power structure to including anthropologists and political scientists, Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld explains how the rule of law sector should change.

July 10, 2013 · 5 Comments

Event: Building Youth-Inclusive Democracies: Lessons from Kenya

Learn how leadership and economic opportunities for youth has helped mitigate violence.

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Citizens in Burma Share Ideas on How to Build Rule of Law

Citizens came up with ideas to address corruption, access to justice barriers, and the disconnect between government and the population

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interview with Kimberley Motley: The Only Western Lawyer Practicing in Afghanistan

Read what this lawyer had to say on youth, informal justice systems, and rule of law programming by the international community.

June 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

Nigerian Youth Host Twitter Conference to Review the Constitution

An innovative event to mobilize and empower Nigerian youth to speak up about their Constitution!

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Event: Best Practices in Impact Evaluations: Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law

Check out the challenges and recommendations in monitoring and evaluating rule of law and anti-corruption programs.

June 12, 2013 · 4 Comments

Juvenile Justice Systems Contribute to Cycle of Poverty in the US

Learn the history of the juvenile justice system and how the philosophy behind it has impacted the children it was designed to protect.

June 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Event: Morocco’s Rule of Law Reform: Making Room for the Diaspora

With a Diaspora of 5 million, Morocco is implementing a bold initiative to involve its Diaspora in constitutional and legislative reform.

June 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Identifying and Remedying Flaws in Access to Justice Research

New research discusses the limitations to current access to justice programs and touches on goals that should be pursued to improve it.

May 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Justice on Wheels: Helping Youth in the Philippines

A courtroom and a mediation center inside a bus? This program gives new meaning to the term mobile courts!

May 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Africa’s Land Rush: The Role of Legal Empowerment

Learn about land grabs, challenges to promoting accountability, and what local actors are doing about it.

May 20, 2013 · 5 Comments

Event: 20 Years of Rule of Law Programs in Europe and Eurasia

Hear what practitioners had to say on lessons learned from some of the first rule of law programs in Europe and Eurasia.

May 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Health Clinic and Legal Aid Groups Partner to Address HIV/AIDS Discrimination

Mississippi might be among the worst states to provide legal services to its population, but a new partnership aims to address discrimination faced by HIV/AIDS patients.

May 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Interview with the President of the Uganda Law Society [Part 2]

Check out what Ruth Sebatindira had to say on the traditional justice system, battling corruption, and changing the public perception of lawyers in Uganda.

May 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Constitution: There’s an App for That

Learn how a Constitution app for smartphones are empowering people to learn about their rights and seek accountability.

May 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Event: Promoting Citizen Participation in Law Making

From Oregon to Latvia, governments, civil society groups, and technology gurus are experimenting with a variety of platforms to transform the culture of citizen engagement with lawmakers.

May 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

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