Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

A Gift That Touches the World

December 10, 2020

Dear Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Rule of Law Institute at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law. The Institute extends Loyola’s leadership in promoting and strengthening the rule of law domestically and in developing nations and emerging democracies around the world.

The Institute is the next strategic step forward for our University’s international engagement in the pursuit of social justice and political equity. The rule of law is a critical area for domestic and global engagement, and the Institute’s creation is made possible though a visionary founding gift from University Trustee Barry McCabe. The Rule of Law Institute will research and analyze rule of law issues, develop approaches to those problems, and, together with University and external partners, aid in implementing and tracking those solutions.

The Rule of Law Institute is part of our vision to engage Loyola faculty and students in developing new approaches to significant and often difficult global challenges. The Institute has already begun its work, engaged in extensive collaboration with the Quinlan School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences, and it envisions formal collaboration also with the School for Environmental Sustainability, the School of Social Work, the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, and other Schools, Institutes, and Centers committed to this important work.

Like the Parkinson School and the School of Environmental Sustainability, the Rule of Law Institute is structured for interdisciplinary engagement and will convene knowledge and expertise from across the University. The Institute will conduct research and education that reflects the multivalent factors in the rule of law. Here, scholars and students in law, economics and trade, leadership, management, the sciences and social sciences, health, policymaking, the environment, and the humanities will come together to work on solutions for global challenges.  

The Institute builds on the firm foundation of its well-established academic arm, the PROLAW program, which confers graduate degrees and prepares professionals from developing countries to advance the rule of law. PROLAW has partnership agreements with the African Union and the Organization of American States, and is unique among rule of law programs for basing its curriculum on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Institute brings greater scale and added dimension to the academic enterprise through three new centers that will focus respectively on scholarship, governance, and strategic engagement and global partnerships.

The creation of this groundbreaking Institute, part of Loyola’s commitment to addressing complex social and scientific issues, is made possible through the forward-thinking philanthropy of Barry McCabe, whose $6 million gift provides resources for faculty; programming; and collaboration with governments, NGOs, and other partners around the globe. Ongoing philanthropic support will be critical to the success of the Rule of Law Institute, and it will be a significant fundraising priority for Loyola going forward.

Mr. McCabe’s founding gift touches the world and the future. The Rule of Law Institute will be a center for vibrant, engaged pedagogy and experiential education through applied research, field experience, interdisciplinary learning, and capstone studies. As its faculty, staff, and students develop and disseminate new models and insights, the Institute will advance conversations about the relationship of Ignatian values to justice through the rule of law. Such conversations embody the Society of Jesus’ apostolic preferences, especially the call to “walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice; to accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future; and to collaborate in the care of our Common Home.”

We are deeply grateful for Barry McCabe’s extraordinary generosity and the knowledge and vision that have inspired it. We are equally grateful for the deep expertise and work of the many faculty and administrative leaders who have created the template for an Institute that will help foster democracy and advance justice at home and around the world.

Yours in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Michael J. Kaufman, JD
Dean, School of Law