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Added on: Jun 11, 2012

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2019

The mission of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative is to promote justice, economic opportunity and human dignity through the rule of law.

For more than 25 years, and through our work in more than 100 countries, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and our partners have sought to strengthen legal institutions, to support legal professionals, to foster respect for human rights and to advance public understanding of the law and of citizen rights.

In collaboration with our in-country partners—including government ministries, judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures and civil society organizations—we design programs that are responsive to local needs and that prioritize sustainable solutions to pressing rule of law challenges. We employ rigorous and innovative monitoring and evaluation approaches in assessing the quality and effectiveness of our programs.

ABA ROLI has roughly 500 professional staff working in the United States and abroad, including a cadre of short- and long-term volunteers and legal specialists, who in fiscal year 2017 alone contributed $1.34 million in pro bono legal assistance.


Axel Etoundi

Human rights and rule of law specialist with more than 10 years experience


Catherine Kelly

Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow, Program Analyst in the Research, Evaluation, and Learning Division of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative. Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international issues, including democracy, rule of law, and governance.

United States

Emily Gabor

I'm a third-year student at William & Mary Law School. I joined the network because I'm interested in a career in rule of law work. In 2015 I completed a legal internship with a USAID-funded project in Uganda, and in 2016 I'm interning with ABA ROLI in Washington, D.C.

United States

Jeanette Tocol

Jay has more than 17 years of experience in providing technical assistance for the judicial and human rights sectors for program monitoring and evaluation, public sector performance management, business process reengineering, institutional capacity assessment, and reform program formulation. Prior to working with ABA ROLI, she conducted numerous studies including institutional assessments for police/ law enforcement, court systems, prosecutors, human rights institutions, and regional government institutions as a consultant for various donors including the USAID, ADB, World Bank, UNDP, UNHABITAT, European Commission, and GTZ. Jay joined ABA ROLI's Philippines office in 2012, and soon transferred to ABA ROLI DC office in 2014 to provide monitoring and evaluation support and guidance to ROLl's divisions and various field offices. Some of her most recent assessments and evaluations focused on determining contribution and/or impacts towards democracy, rule of law and governance goals of court automation programs, judicial and court staff training programs, forensics training programs, court procedural reforms, as well as internet freedom programs, among others. She has conducted assessments and evaluations for Egypt, Philippines, Bahrain, Morocco, Central African Republic, and in two regional programs - Central America (El Salvador and Guatemala), and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka).

United States

Timothy Meyer

Timothy has worked to support access to justice through legal aid clinics and paralegal programming in Liberia, Central African Republic, and, most recently, Somalia.


Usman Gill

I am a Program Officer with the Asia division of ABA ROLI and focus on our programs in South Asia.

United States

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