As part of the Presidential Rule of Law Initiative, the ABA and IBA convened, in September, 2006, a rule of law symposium. With an audience of over 200 bar leaders from around the world, the symposium, subtitled "A Plan for Action," focused on what the legal profession and organized bar can do to promote the rule of law.
Six working groups emerged from the symposium, each charged with developing a white paper around a distinct issue addressed in September: combating corruption and trafficking in human beings, promoting an independent judiciary, encouraging corporate social responsibility, and looking at the rule of law as a means to advance business development and to protect the environment.
The working groups convened this April in NYC to present and discuss drafts of the white papers and to identify related recommendations that could be presented to the ABA House of Delegates at the 2007 annual meeting. Presented below are five reports and recommendations that are now on the agenda for the House of Delegates meeting. These recommendations:
- Encourage and promote corporate responsibility, or good corporate citizenship
- Seek ABA support of several international standards on judicial independence
- Calls for adoption, by ABA, of Principles on Judicial Independence and Impartial Courts
- Urges Congress to adopt a number of measures to strengthen protections and assistance for trafficking victims
- Requests the ABA and its entities to consider global environmental issues in their rule of law work and to collaborate with businesses, government, nongovernmental organizations, and others
A Plan for Action
September 16 - 17, 2006 * The Westin Hotel * Chicago, IL
Lawyers from around the participated in the Symposium to discuss how the legal profession can advance the development of rule of law in countries around the world. Numerous issues such as corruption, trafficking and judicial independence were explored. Noted speakers such as Mary Robinson former President of Ireland and The Rt. Hon The Lord Goldsmith QC enhanced the program with their unique perspectives.
The 2005 Symposium builds on the very successful conference the ABA hosted last fall, which brought together representatives from the bar, business, government, media, philanthropy and NGOs to discuss ways to strengthen the Rule of Law movement.
As our world and profession grow smaller and more connected, the responsibility we have to provide lawyers around the world with the information and the tools to promote the Rule of Law becomes greater. This conference addressed this need.