International Rule of Law
NH Bar Members Across the Globe
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first proclamation of Law Day in the United States.
A recent editorial by ABA President William Neukom begins, “On May 1, 1958, as the Cold War hung threateningly in the air, the American Bar Association urged the United States to honor something simple but crucial: the rule of law.
“President Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 “Law Day USA.” He invited Americans to reflect on the importance of America’s institutions of justice, and how the rule of law offered a promise that no authoritarian system could ever match.
“This year, America celebrates Law Day for the 50th time. Now as then, advancing the rule of law is our best strategy to advance human development in a dangerous world.”
Many lawyers from New Hampshire are heeding that call, working overseas or by hosting visits here, providing their energy, expertise and judgment in helping people in other nations to strengthen their legal and governmental systems.
|International Rule of Law Dialogue|
|In honor of Law Day this year, the New Hampshire Bar Association is working to create greater awareness of the work of these lawyers and judges. Some have devoted their careers to international law, others have set aside time in mid-career or after retirement to traveling far and wide, to teach and to learn about the rule of law.
These website pages are designed to provide an introduction to a few of these volunteers, and to let the community at large hear about what they are doing, and why, and how their work helps them reflect upon the rule of law in our own country too. To celebrate Law Day this year, we are hosting a dialogue with several Bar members working on international rule of law projects.
What were some of the assumptions you had about the American legal system that you took for granted when you went to other countries? What do people in general in the US take for granted about their rights and freedoms?
How is America and our way of life perceived in the places where you have worked internationally?
Are there particular areas of our system that are the most difficult for people from other cultures to understand?
What could be improved about our system, compared to other countries? What aspects or values should be imported to the US?
How does security or perceptions of security affect receptivity to advancements in the rule of law?
What advice would you give someone about getting involved in international rule of law work?
Former Ambassador George Bruno
Hon. Joseph Nadeau
Michael Th. Johnson
|How You Can Help |
|Rule of Law Guide to Volunteering|
|International Law Section|
|This section’s mission is to enhance the understanding of international law, to promote the rule of law, to educate and to keep the New Hampshire legal community informed of important legal developments across the world, and to provide guidance and support on a wide range of international issues, including trade, immigration, and international human rights law.