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American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)

Washington, United States
Joined June 2012

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.

Presence in: United States

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.

People Associated With This Organization

Axel Etoundi

Mauritania  
American Bar Association Rule of Law...
Joined April 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice
Human rights and rule of law specialist with more than 10 years experience

Catherine Kelly

United States  
American Bar Association Rule of Law...
Joined December 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice
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.

Elisabeth Baraka

United States  
American Bar Association Rule of Law... (Unverified)
Joined June 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Other, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am a lawyer and international development professional.

Emily Gabor

United States  
American Bar Association Rule of Law...
Joined July 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice
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.

Jeanette Tocol

United States  
American Bar Association Rule of Law... (Unverified)
Joined May 2019
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
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).

Timothy Meyer

Somalia  
American Bar Association Rule of Law... (Unverified)
Joined May 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Traditional / Customary Justice
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

United States  
American Bar Association Rule of Law... (Unverified)
Joined February 2019
Interests: Corruption, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
I am a Program Officer with the Asia division of ABA ROLI and focus on our programs in South Asia.
is the network champion (main point of contact) for American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI).

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