The CEELI Institute Welcomes Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield

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Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), William Brownfield, presented the opening remarks at a “Forum on Eliminating Corruption and Promoting Economic Development in Ukraine,” sponsored by the 2015-07-20 03.00.48Rule of Law Collaborative (Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination-JusTRAC), University of South Carolina, and the CEELI Institute.  The program was funded through a grant from INL. Among those also speaking were US Charge d’Affaires Steve Kashkett, Sergei Leshchenko, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, and the Hon. Richard D. Bennett, U.S. District Court Judge (District of Maryland).

The program, held of July 20-21, 2015, brought together policy makers, government officials, business leaders, civil society representatives and academics to discuss challenges posed in Ukraine by endemic corruption, as well as to explore opportunities for greater coordination and collaboration.  Specific panels addressed Preventive Strategies for Countering Corruption, Enhancement of the Enforcement Capacity of Anti-Corruption Institutions, the Role of Civil Society and Media in Addressing Corruption, the Current Business Landscape in Ukraine, Perspectives on Enhancing Commercial Investment, and Commercial Sector Reform.

ABA/CEELI: The 25th Anniversary Reunion!

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In June, the CEELI Institute and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) joined together for a very special meeting in Prague, to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of original American Bar25th Anniversary Reunion Association/Central and East European Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI) project.  ABA/CEELI, founded in 1990, was the forerunner for both of current organizations.  The meeting also marked the 15th anniversary of the creation of the CEELI Institute.  The occasion brought together many CEELI and ROLI alumni, and others who have been prominent supporters of our efforts. The festivities were kicked off with a special video greeting from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, offering reminiscences on the work of ABA/CEELI, and congratulations on the current commemoration.  This was followed by a remarkable founders panel, bringing together, once more, Homer E. Moyer, Jr., Sandy D’Alemberte and Mark Ellis—who constituted the original team behind CEELI. Over 70 people attended the entire three day event, filled with substantive panels on issues such as the regional rise of illiberalism, the challenges of judging in the 21st century, and the insidious ways in which corruption undermines the rule of law. The 25th anniversary event offered a special opportunity for reflection and stock taking on the progress in implementing the rule of law, both in this region and around the globe, as well as an opportunity to look at the many lessons learned from the CEELI experience