The Institute seeks to develop ground-breaking research, produce new solutions, and prompt real change that will empower individual lives, assist economic development, and advance legal standing using two fundamental strategies. The Institute:
- identifies expertise and commitment within the Loyola community, as well other domestic and international actors, to produce knowledge and processes that can be shared and leveraged for change, and
- identifies external partners who can contribute research and research opportunities, serve as change partners, and expand national and global reach.
The vision of the Institute is an inter-disciplinary entity, composed of three centers and a pre-existing academic arm, that researches, analyzes, and produces new knowledge about domestic and international rule of law issues, develops solutions for those problems and, together with University and external partners, implements those solutions to the betterment of society.
Centers and Initiatives
The Rule of Law Institute houses four Centers, which are independently and collectively dedicated to advancing scholarship and research and implementing that knowledge to bring about social, racial, political, economic, and environmental change. These centers complement the curricular work of PROLAW.
Center for Applied Research
The mission of this Center is to conduct scholarship and research on a wide range of international and domestic rule of law topics and issues, with a targeted emphasis on sustainable development, and environmental and economic issues. It will sponsor Fellows from within and outside of the University. The Center will establish the first Rule of Law Library of Scholarship and Applied Research.
Director: Dr. Abraham Singer, PhD, Department of Management, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago
The Center for Policy, Legislation, and Governance
The mission of this Center is to implement social change. Directed and staffed by experts with experience in policy formulation and implementation, legislative drafting and enactment, and governance generally, this Center transforms the work done by scholars and researchers into policy and law.
Acting Director: Paul Kantwill, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) JD, LLM
The Center for Global Partnerships and Strategic Engagement
The mission of this Center is to bring together the talent and resources of the University and external entities, both public and private. In this endeavor, the Center will collaborate with research organizations, law firms, human rights organizations, refugee organizations, and with other institutions with similar missions.
Director: Jeanne Colleran, Ph.D.
Rule of Law for Development Program (PROLAW)
The mission of PROLAW is to equip legal and development professionals with the knowledge and practical skills needed to inspire, lead and manage national efforts to strengthen the laws and institutions required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. It is the degree-granting arm of the Institute.
Executive Director: Thomas McInerney, J.D.