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Entries in rule of law (6)


Rule of Law: Its Not that Much Different in the U.S. or the Republic of Georgia


The Rule of Law Matters, in the World and Right Here at Home

One of the main purposes of the International Criminal Court was create a permanent body those focused on crimes against humanity and to address wrongs and to hopefully dissuade those from committing them in the future. I was privileged to be involved with a program there not long ago and I was able to see and better understand some of their fine work.  However, Rule of Law is bigger than just the ICC.

Rule of Law also applies to legal systems and systems of justice within countries. People want and need to believe that their systems are fair and just and equally applied to all. As a result, the laws need to work and the corruption that can be found everywhere needs to be minimised as much as possible.  This is one of the reasons I co-founded Trial Skills International.  The purpose was to teach lawyers around the world to be better at what they did. The better they were, the more pride they would take and capable they would be.  The net result would ideally be a more stable world.  Since that time, I've worled in some pretty far flung places, let me tell you.

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Radio program today to talk about Rule of Law and why it mattters everywhere including the United States. Hope you can listen in.


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


Trump's Trade War Butts Up Against Globalism and the Rule of Law

President Trump has decided to shake things up and boy has he ever.  On the other hand, isn't that the reason 60 million Americans voted for him. Of course, imposing the Chinese, the Canadians, the Mexicans, the entire EU and other all simultaneously puts the U.s. in an interesting place.  

The general approach and one that the entire world  including the U.S. has enbraced is to take these disputes to the WTO.  However, Trump decided to go a different route, Twitter.  The idea of using this process, embracing globalism and the Rule of Law, is something that the President of the United States seems to find quaint and even weak.

The potential for a full blown trade warm with the world is a very real one.  The Chinese, Canadians, Mexicans and the EU are already lining up and don't seem to be backing down.  If they don't many will pay the price, including American consumers and American markets. Some estimates suggest the U.S. could lose between 4 and 7 million jobs and the econmy could tank into recession.

I will appear on Press TV Iran on June 26th to debate this issue.  Hope you can catch it.  


[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.  


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.