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Rachel Kleinfeld Presented Ohio Northern University 2014 Law Dean’s Lecture on ‘Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad’

Mar 24, 2014

Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law and ONU’s Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law presented Rachel Kleinfeld, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as part of the Dean’s Lecture Series in the Celebrezze Moot Court Room on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

The title of Kleinfeld’s presentation was “Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: We’ve Proved We Can Do it Badly — Can We do it Well?” She discussed how the United States and a host of other nations have worked to advance the rule of law abroad for more than 100 years and its importance to increasing our own security, promoting human rights and enhancing economic development in the world’s poorest countries. However, although it is crucial to many foreign policy goals, the U.S. track record is poor and poses many questions: Should we be working to advance the rule of law abroad? How can we make it stick? Are there successes we can learn from?  While visiting ONU Kleinfeld met with the LL.M. students, discussing these issues with them, as they were studying her work in their capstone Rule of Law Seminar.

As a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Kleinfeld focuses on issues of rule of law, security and governance in post-conflict countries, fragile states and states in transition. In 2011, she was selected by Hillary Clinton to serve as founding member of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, the 25-person advisory body to the secretary of state.  Her book, Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform (Carnegie Endowment for Int’l Peace, 2012), is widely regarded as the most influential book in the Rule of Law field today.

Kleinfeld has consulted on rule of law reform for the World Bank, the European Union, the OECD, the Open Society Institute and other institutions, and she has briefed multiple U.S. government agencies. As the founder of the Truman National Security Project, Kleinfeld was named one of the “Top 40 under 40 Political Leaders in America” by Time magazine in 2010 for creating and leading a national movement of national security, political and military leaders to promote policies that strengthen security, stability and human dignity in America and around the world.