Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law - Cooperative Agreements and Grants
The Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law has been awarded the following initiatives:
- Legal Education for Visiting Afghan Scholars Program (LEVAS) - $2,900,000 INL Cooperative Agreement
- Kosovo Legal Faculty Instructional Development (KLFID) - $250,223 INL Grant
- Rwanda Legal Capacity Building - $347,353 USAID Grant
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
INL Mission (from the INL website):
“The mission of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is to combat international crime and illegal drugs, and their impact on the United States, its citizens, and partner nations by providing effective foreign assistance and fostering global cooperation to counter these threats. INL programs cover the full spectrum of law enforcement and the rule of law, including: police professionalization; justice sector development; correctional institution reform; and citizen security strengthening. INL also works to combat illicit narcotics through technical assistance to both source and transit countries with drug interdiction, eradication, sustainable alternative development, and demand reduction, while also enhancing international partners’ capabilities to investigate, prosecute and seize the assets of major drug trafficking organizations and their leaders. INL promotes the establishment and implementation of international standards to combat transnational organized crime, corruption, terror financing, money laundering, human smuggling, wildlife trafficking, and other cross-border crimes. INL-led initiatives help protect the U.S. and global economies against cybercrime and intellectual property piracy, promote border security, and prevent youth gang violence. INL participates in civilian peacekeeping and is engaged with the UN, other international bodies and partner nations to improve the quality of civilian peacekeeping and promote the role of women in peacekeeping.”
USAID Mission (from the USAID website):
"USAID’s mission statement highlights two complementary and intrinsically linked goals: ending extreme poverty and promoting the development of resilient, democratic societies that are able to realize their potential. We fundamentally believe that ending extreme poverty requires enabling inclusive, sustainable growth; promoting free, peaceful, and self-reliant societies with effective, legitimate governments; building human capital and creating social safety nets that reach the poorest and most vulnerable."
Legal Education for Visiting Afghan Scholars Program (LEVAS)
$2,900,000 INL Cooperative Agreement
The Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law at Ohio Northern University, in cooperation with ONU’s LLM program and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (INL), offers a unique program for motivated Afghan lawyers who would like to enhance their English-language skills and receive their LLM through ONU’s premier comparative program in democracy and the rule of law.
Kosovo Legal Faculty Instructional Development (KLFID)
$250,223 INL Grant
In June 2016, the Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law was awarded a $400,000 grant to support the Demand for Justice Program in Kosovo by offering a certificate program in legal pedagogy for Kosovo law faculty.
ONU's Pettit College of Law will assist in legal education reform in Kosovo via the certificate and LLM in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law program by enhancing the critical-thinking skills of law students and practitioners.
Rwanda Legal Capacity Building
$347,353 USAID Grant
In March 2017, the Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law was awarded a $347,353 cooperative agreement by the United States agency for International Development to support Legal Capacity Building in Rwanda via a thoroughly structured program designed to build the capacity of Rwandan judges, prosecutors, lawyers and legal researchers.
ONU Pettit College administrators and faculty will administer the program in Rwanda by (1) developing and publishing practical skills manuals for judges, prosecutors, and lawyers; (2) conducting training of trainers (TOT) for judges prosecutors, and lawyers; (3) supporting the trainers to teach other judges, prosecutors, and lawyers; (4) developing and publishing three course books on Rwandan law; and (5) launching the Rwandan Law Review and assisting in publishing its first issue.