Vol. 40 No. 8
ByBenjamin K. Reitz
Benjamin K. Reitz, a 2L at William S. Boyd School of Law-UNLV, is the 2011–12 Law Student Division liaison to the Rule of Law Initiative: Europe and Eurasia Program.
Despite the enduring rule of law in Western Europe, many Eastern European and Eurasian countries are still developing sustainable and equitable legal practices.
In countries such as Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Moldova, and Tajikistan, the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI) for Europe and Eurasia promotes legal development in human rights, anti-corruption, public integrity, legal education, judicial reform, and women’s rights. To date, lawyers have contributed more than $200 million in international pro bono services through ROLI.
In addition to academic work, law students in the United States are in full swing with moot court competition practices, teaching street law, and other extracurricular activities. ROLI works to ensure international students have the same opportunities. The initiative works with in-country partners to promote legal education through moot court competitions, clinical experience, and teaching opportunities. In fall 2011, members of the Osh Street Law Center in Kyrgyzstan educated groups of multiethnic children about civic responsibility. Through such initiatives, US-based volunteers participate in a truly global effort to promote the rule of law.
Although ROLI is not a traditional ABA section with a typical membership base, it works closely with the Section of International Law, and law students have many opportunities to get involved. Of note, ROLI offers internships in Washington, D.C., and abroad. Learn more about ROLI and internship offerings.