Ukraine Events: Reflecting on the Rule of Law

February 25, 2022

Dear Loyola Law Community:

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, we write to express support for our Loyola Law community and to reflect on the current state of justice, equity, and the rule of law at home and abroad.

This crisis affects some members of our community more directly and significantly than others. To those members of our community, please know that we stand ready to support you in every way possible and that our thoughts and prayers are with you, those dear to you, and Ukrainians everywhere.

Many others in our community may be feeling particularly anxious as a result of these events, especially when coupled with all of the other daily pressures—big and small, personal and professional—that we continue to face during a years-long global pandemic. In addition to seeking support from other members of our wonderful law school community, there are many services available to help us through this difficult time. Students, please reach out and take advantage of the variety of health and well-being support services available to you. Faculty and staff, if you need support, please remember that resources are available through the Employee Assistance Program.

This situation is also an important reminder that we must endeavor to make our legal and political systems more fair, more just, more equitable, and less susceptible to corruption or abuses of power. Russia’s decision to send troops into another sovereign nation in clear violation of international law represents not only a crisis for Europe but a threat to the rule of law everywhere. It is yet another example of how only legal and political systems that are both just and equitable truly advance and preserve security and freedom.

As law students, attorneys, legal policy experts, and citizens, we are called to confront and to rectify persistent injustices in our cities, our states, our countries, and even beyond our borders when possible. We have a heightened moral and professional obligation to use our unique Loyola education and training to challenge and to reform systems that threaten the rule of law and the safety and security of people everywhere. For the last several weeks, we’ve been showcasing the transformative work of some of our PROLAW graduates in Ukraine. May their work provide examples that inspire us all.

The director of our National Security & Civil Rights Program, Professor John Dehn, will be working with other experts to present an opportunity for our community to learn more about the history and legal context of the crisis in Ukraine. Please look for additional details after you return from spring break.

In solidarity,

Zelda B. Harris
Interim Dean
Mary Ann G. McMorrow Professor of Law

John Dehn
Associate Professor
Faculty Director, National Security & Civil Rights Program