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Entries in republic of georgia (8)


Rule of Law is an International Conversation that is Had in Many Languages


With a Supreme Court Justice on Either Side of Me in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, I'm Good.

Now here is a crazy coincidence. Sitting with Chief Justice of the Georgian Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights, Justice Mindia Ugrekhelidze and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson in Tbilisi, Georgia. Just wild.


[Republic of Georgia TV] May 17th: Media is Different and the Same Everywhere


[Republic of Georgia TV] May 17th: Talking Rule of Law and the Courts

What an extraordinary day. The Republic of Georgia has only been an independent nation for less than 30 years and has had to overcome some truly extraordinary challenges.  After more than 70 years of domination by the Soviet Union, the Georgian people clearly decided to turn to the West for their legal model.  While their Consitution is somewhat similar to the American system, it also has its roots in the German system.  At the same time, their courts are clearly turning to the Americans and Brits.  Their latest development involves intorducing the jury system. 

While this conference included the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Senior Prosecutor in Georgia, a half dozen judges from Minnesota, and prosecutors and defense attorneys from Georgia, as well as yours truly, there were still as many questions as well as answers. However, regardless of whether there was lots of answers, sometimes the effort to try to find those answers is the most one can hope for. 

While I was surprised that the media appeared at the conference, I guess I shouldn't have. The people of Georgia are very interested in where their country is going and the media wouldn't be doing its job if they didn't push and probe and try to figure out what was going on. What really surprised me was how they came at me. That was interesting, challenging and pretty entertaining in many ways.  


Lecturing in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia about the American Legal System.

A very busy day of lecturing in Tbilisi Georgia, about the American legal system, the courts and juries. I swear, I know that I learn more from these people than I’m teaching them. What an experience and a privilege.


Meeting with the President of the Republic of Georgia Bar Association.

What an amazing conversation with David Asatiani, President of the Republic of Georgia Bar Association in Tbilisi. They are still finding their way but have done some truly extraordinary things in less than 30 years since Soviet rule. It is so easy to take things for granted and yet to watch the fight that people like David are making is nothing less than absolutely inspiring. I have a feeling we are going to do some good work together


Teaching Rule of Law in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

The Rule of Law Is an interesting conversation with lawyers and law students anywhere in the world. However, to have that same conversation in a former Soviet Republic comes with a lot of extra history And maybe a little baggage. These lawyers and law students are extraordinary and so impressive. What a privilege.



On my way to the Republic of Georgia

The Republic of Georgia has had to fight for its own voice forever.  In the 13th Century, the Mongols swept across Central Asia and wrapped up the Caucuses and much of everything else in their wake in their effort for world domination.  The influence lasted for hundreds of years. Subsequently, the Georgians were dominated by the Ottomans and the Persians until the beginning of the 19th Century when the Russians exerted their own form of dominance.  In one for or another, that dominance lasted until 1991 with the fall of the Soviet Union and the Georgians' Declaration of Independence. Nevertheless, the Georgians have founds various ways to let their voices be heard. Hell, they have been making some of the best wine on the planet for thousands of years. 

Since the desintigration of the Soviet Union, Georgia has sought independence and frequently looked to the West for it while being very aware of the threat from the Russians to the north. When the 2008 war broke about between the Russians and the Georgians, it only highlighted the tensions.  While those tensions have abated to some degree, they still exist to this day.

Even today, Georgia is in an interesting place. With Turkey to the southeast, which is frequently looking to Moscow more than to London, Brussels or Washington DC, and the colossus Russia just to the north and regularly encroaching further and further south, Georgia continues to stand tall.

I leave for the Republic of Georgia in the coming weeks.  As this trip has the potential to particularly unique, I hope to put you in my rucksack and take you along.  

Come back as I continue to post updates.