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Rule of Law Talk
65 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Organizing to Survive: Building a Culture of Transparency with WeSolve Philippines
In this episode, Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow Joe Haley speaks with a team of implementers at WeSolve Philippines, a civil society organization working to build a culture of open data and transparent budgeting, starting with greater accountability for the expenditure of public funds on the response to COVID-19.
33 minutes | May 3, 2021
How Can We Teach the Rule of Law?
In honor of Law Day on May 1, our latest Rule of Law Talk conversation focuses on an exciting new civics education effort, the Educating for American Democracy (EAD) initiative, spearheaded by iCivics and dozens of other organizations and institutions, including the American Bar Association. WJP's Elizabeth Andersen is joined by the Executive Director of iCivics, Louise Dubé; the President-Elect of the American Bar Association, Reginald Turner; and an experienced high school civics educator from Nevada, Averill Kelley, who in addition to his work on the civics front lines, has worked with both the ABA and iCivics to support their work.
52 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Chat Bots to Street Law: Building Quick and Affordable Legal Services in Nigeria
In this Rule of Law Talk podcast conversation, WJP’s Joe Haley speaks with the founder of LawPàdí, a legal empowerment platform. LawPàdí pairs a legal referral service with innovative approaches to legal education, such as street law clinics and automated chat bots, in order to help Nigerians resolve their most common civil justice problems. The conversation touches on the security ramifications of access to justice in the Sahel, anddives into measures of program impact, the role of legal self-help, the strategic use of data, and the importance of building public trust. Ultimately, Ibidapo-Obe shares his vision for a streamlined system of justice in Nigeria.
47 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Not for Me: Women’s Empowerment and the Limits of Traditional Justice in Mali
In this Rule of Law Talk podcast conversation, WJP’s Joe Haley speaks with the founder of Femmes et Droits Humains, a non-governmental organization working to include Malian women in the justice and peacebuilding process. The conversation addresses the cultural disparities confronting Malian boys and girls as these pertain to education and access to justice, the effort to educate women about their rights under international law, and the importance of building a women’s movement to resist theocratic rule. There is also a sobering discussion about the Malian government’s reliance on customary justice to address instability. Note: This interview took place in March 2020.
76 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
Banking on Nigeria’s Last Mile: How a Digital Startup Leveraged Traditional Networks
In this Rule of Law Talk podcast conversation, WJP’s Joe Haley speaks with the founder of tech startup Bankly, Tomiola Adejana. They met in the Hague, Netherlands, where Adejana had just been announced as the 2020 winner of the Innovating Justice Challenge, an incubator program run by the Hague Institute for Innovating Law. Their conversation explores Bankly’s strategy for using traditional networks to introduce digital finance to Nigeria’s “last mile.” They also discuss the strategic role of impact investment, the process of social entrepreneurship, and the regulatory challenges confronting a financial startup in Nigeria.
68 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Leveraging Informal Justice: How to Counter Descent-Based Slavery in Mali
In the first Rule of Law Talk podcast installment for the Rule of Law Solutions Initiative, WJP's Joe Haley speaks with program officers from the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI) and Association Temedt who are working to abolish the practice of descent-based slavery in Mali. The conversation revisits a successful two-year program, supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, which helped to raise awareness about descent-based slavery and obtain liberation and legal documentation for hundreds of victims. The discussion also touches the problem's historic roots, the difficulty of achieving legislative reform in the midst of a security crisis, and the importance of enlisting customary justice leaders.
41 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Christof Heyns: The Right of Peaceful Assembly
World Justice Project Executive Director Elizabeth Andersen is joined by Christof Heyns, Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria and member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, to discuss the right of peaceful assembly. A new General Comment issued this week by the United Nations Human Rights Committee provides guidance on this topic at a critical moment, with protest movements on the rise across the globe, any many countries grappling with the appropriate response—something that has become even more complicated with the COVID-19 pandemic and public health restrictions on large gatherings.
50 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Indigenous Communities & COVID-19: Local Challenges & Resilient Strategies for Building Back Better
Killian Dorier, Senior Program Associate for Engagement at the World Justice Project, is joined by Nikole Nelson, Executive Director of the Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and Walter Flores, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems (CEGSS) to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected indigenous communities in the United States and abroad, and what this additional pressure on countries' rule of law systems means for them.
47 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
How a Corruption Investigation Sparked Reform in Slovakia
The winners of the 2020 WJP Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism— Pavla Holcová, Arpád Soltész, and Eva Kubániová—personify the principle quoted by their outlet, "Even if you kill a journalist, you can never kill a story."
65 minutes | May 26, 2020
When Authoritarians Make International Law
In a recent online event produced in partnership with the American Society of International Law and recorded on May 20, 2020, Professor Tom Ginsburg, Jacques deLisle, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, and Mark D. Agrast joined us to discuss international law in an age of rising authoritarianism, and implications in contemporary policy contexts including management of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
37 minutes | May 4, 2020
Justice for All in the Age of COVID-19
The unprecedented public health emergency caused by COVID-19 is posing a major crisis for justice defenders around the world. Hina Jilani, a member of The Elders and Co-Chair of the Task Force on Justice, and Maaike de Langen, Program Lead on Justice For All with the Pathfinders, join WJP Chief Engagement Officer Ted Piccone to discuss challenges for delivering justice for all during the COVID-19 crisis, and how justice defenders should respond.
32 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
Global Trends in the Rule of Law
WJP research team members Alejandro Ponce, Alicia Evangelides, and Amy Gryskiewicz join WJP executive director Elizabeth Andersen to discuss the WJP Rule of Law Index 2020—an annual study of the state of the rule of law around the world. Following the recent launch of the 2020 Index, WJP's team of experts come together for a deep dive into what the WJP Rule of Law Index measures, how WJP gathers the data, and key insights into 2020 findings.
32 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
The State of the Rule of Law in China
Margaret Lewis, Professor of Law at Seton Hall University, joins WJP Chief Engagement Officer Ted Piccone on Rule of Law Talk to discuss China's rise as a global power and its rule of law record. The World Justice Project has just released its annual WJP Rule of Law Index, based on surveys of expert practitioners and households in 128 countries and jurisdictions worldwide. For the last five years, China has scored significantly below global and regional averages. Its scores on factors measuring Constraints on Government Powers and Fundamental Rights are among the lowest in the world, while it performs better on Order and Security and Civil Justice.
32 minutes | Nov 3, 2019
Hurst Hannum: Rescuing Human Rights
Hurst Hannum, Professor of International Law at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, joins WJP Chief Engagement Officer Ted Piccone to discuss the current state of of the human rights movement, and how the international human rights community should respond.
36 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin: Emergency Laws and Human Rights
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Regents Professor and Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School joins WJP Chief Engagement Officer Ted Piccone on Rule of Law Talk to discuss emergency laws and human rights.
37 minutes | Aug 29, 2019
What Makes a Justice Leader?
The rule of law requires effective laws and institutions—but it also requires leadership. This week on Rule of Law Talk, WJP Executive Director Elizabeth Andersen is joined by two members of the Justice Leadership Group—Willy Mutunga and Salaheddin Al-Bashir—to discuss "What Makes a Justice Leader?"
28 minutes | Jun 24, 2019
Gerald Staberock: The World Organization Against Torture
Joining us on this June 26 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture episode is Gerald Staberock. Mr. Staberock is Secretary General of the World Organization Against Torture, a coalition of nearly 300 organizations working against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and other forms of degrading treatment or punishment. Torture has long been considered a crime against humanity that allows no exception for necessity. Yet we know security forces continue to deploy torture and other forms of cruel pain and suffering to extract confessions or other information, or simply to terrify and dehumanize victims and their families. In this installment of Rule of Law Talk, we discuss what the international community is doing to address this problem, and what more needs to be done. Learn more about this episode here: bit.ly/2IKJlxV.
16 minutes | Mar 18, 2019
Olivia Swaak-Goldman: How the Wildlife Justice Commission Advances the Rule of Law
Olivia Swaak-Goldman is executive director of the Wildlife Justice Commission, a new organization that's working to address the challenge of wildlife trafficking. A large and growing transnational criminal challenge, wildlife trafficking is in fact the fourth-largest crime of this type globally. On this episode of Rule of Law Talk, we discuss the work of the Commission and its impact on the rule of law.
34 minutes | Dec 21, 2018
Rachel Kleinfeld: A Savage Order
Rachel Kleinfeld is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project. Her new book, "A Savage Order," explores extreme violence in democracies: why it comes about, why it persists, and successful case studies for change. Ms. Kleinfeld joins WJP Communications Director Matthew Harman on Rule of Law Talk to discuss how various forms of violence get better, what lessons policymakers can glean from the book, and more. Learn more about the episode and find a link to "A Savage Order" here: bit.ly/2RfLlTW.
31 minutes | Dec 3, 2018
Javier Martín Reyes: Transition in Mexico
As a new administration takes control in Mexico, Mexican lawyer and political scientist Javier Martín Reyes joins us on Rule of Law Talk to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and what that means for the rule of law in Mexico. Learn more about the episode here: bit.ly/2BP3vn6.
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