Prof. Stein Appointed to IBA and CEELI Groups
JANUARY 18, 2011—Everett Fraser Professor of Law Robert A. Stein ('61), a leading expert on the rule of law, was appointed to two new positions beginning with the new year.
Stein was appointed co-chair of the Rule of Law Action Group of the International Bar Association (IBA) by the IBA leadership, along with Justice Richard Goldstone, who was a member of the Supreme Court of South Africa and Prosecutor of the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. The co-chairs will arrange programs and speakers on the rule of law as part of the worldwide conferences sponsored by the London-based IBA. Locations of 2011 IBA conferences include Dubai; Nassau, Bahamas; Stockholm, Sweden; Taipei, Taiwan; and Warsaw, Poland.
The Rule of Law Action Group, part of the IBA’s Public and Professional Interest Division, was formed in early 2007. It is charged with encouraging and assisting both organizational and individual IBA members in responding to the resolution passed in 2005 calling on all members to speak out in support of the rule of law within their communities.
Stein also was appointed a member of the Czech Board of Directors of the CEELI Institute in Prague, Czech Republic. The CEELI Institute presents programs to train lawyers and judges worldwide on the rule of law. All of the judges in Iraq and most of the Afghan Supreme Court, for example, went to the CEELI Institute for judicial training. Visiting instructors are international experts who volunteer their time and expertise.
CEELI was founded in 1990 as the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative to assist legal reform efforts in newly independent republics and emerging democracies. In 1999, the CEELI Institute became an independent, nonprofit Czech public benefit corporation with a mission of developing an international, professional community of reformers committed to the rule of law and to building respect for human rights.