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Why Work With ONU's Center in Your Rule of Law Project?

ONU is the only academic institution in the United States to offer a full curriculum, and a degree, in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law. The program is especially strong in drafting and implementing legislation in regulatory and administrative law and procedures, judicial reform, post-conflict transitional justice, international NGO law, anticorruption and human rights. Faculty expertise in these areas - not just experience on the ground, but a thorough understanding of the newest ideas and literature in the field - gives the center a unique perspective on current development and law reform issues. Professors and staff at ONU have extensive professional experience in rule of law projects - most of them with USAID funding and many of them in the capacity of chief-of-party or equivalent - in a wide range of fields, in a wide range of countries:

  • Administrative Law - Experience providing expertise on FOIA, legal drafting, administrative justice and public participation, among other topics in Kosovo, Georgia, Ukraine and other former Soviet Republics.

  • Human Rights and Transitional Justice - Experience advising HR promotion, training for judges and lawyers, and post-conflict criminal prosecutions (both at UN tribunals and Gacaca) in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

  • Judicial Reform - Experience establishing and restructuring court systems, dealing with customary law and the legacy of Shari'a law, drafting constitutional provisions for judicial independence, reforming court administration to expedite judicial process, and promotion of access to justice in Bosnia, Montenegro, South Sudan and Nepal.

In addition to the faculty, the center enjoys the benefit of an extensive network of alumni of its LLM program in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law, presently representing over 32 countries. This network enables the center to tap into local knowledge and resources particularly quickly and to obtain both insight and connections from local legal professionals who are also fully versed in the field of law and governance reform.