Two unique practice-oriented master’s degree programs that provide students with foundational knowledge and skills required to become the most qualified rule of law innovators and leaders in their countries and geographical regions.
Rule of law has taken on an increasingly central role in the United Nations with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) making rule of law a clear priority. The 2030 Agenda “recognizes the need to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to justice and that are based on respect for human rights (including the right to development), on effective rule of law and good governance at all levels and on transparent, effective and accountable institutions”.
In keeping with its mission, PROLAW is pleased to announce the convening of a conference on Rule of Law in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to be held at Loyola’s Rome campus on 1-2 February 2019. The conference will be co-sponsored by the ASIL - American Society of International Law. READ MORE
Complexity theory and its application to international development is a rapidly expanding area of research with important implications for rule of law reform. To explore these issues, the Program held its inaugural conference on Complexity, Legal and Institutional Change, and Rule of Law on December 1 and 2, at the Loyola University Rome Campus. LEARN MORE
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Asia Foundation Workshop
In September 2017, eleven Pakistani judges and law faculty members of several Pakistani universities participated in a five-day PROLAW seminar on training of trainers at the Loyola Rome Campus. The seminar was organized for the Asia Foundation’s Project on Mainstream Alternative Dispute Resolution for Equitable Access to Justice which is financed by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). PROLAW graduate Zeeshan Ali, who now works as a Team Lead on the above project for the Asia Foundation, provided the coordination for the seminar on behalf of The Asia Foundation.
Meet the newest cohort of PROLAW LLM & MJ students for the 2017-2018 academic year. LEARN MORE
PROLAW Training Seminar at African Union's headquarters in Addis Ababa
In August 2017, PROLAW Professor Michelle Hughes and Scott Carlson conducted a training seminar at the African Union's headquarters in Addis Ababa on "Rule of Law in Conflict and Peacebuilding". Twenty-one African Union (AU) staff members participated, representing several departments including: Peace and Security, Office of the Legal Counsel, Science and Technology (cyber), Governance and Development, and Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law. The 30-hour program of instruction covered the principle US, international, and regional architectures for conflict mitigation through confidence building and institutional development, the role of human rights and transitional justice, security sector reform, and anti-corruption. This seminar was held as part of the cooperation agreement between Loyola University Chicago and the AU which is financed by the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
PROLAW invites papers on complexity theory and its application to rule of law development practice to be presented at a conference to be held at Loyola’s Rome, Italy campus on 1-2 December 2017. READ MORE
PROLAW Professor Giulio Zanetti recently conducted a training on adult learning techniques during the Methodological School on teaching of the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, which was organized by the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine and is where PROLAW alumna Iryna Ivankiv manages a legal education reform project. LEARN MORE
Loyola University Chicago School of Law receives additional support from AT&T for the PROLAW program
Many thanks to AT&T for generously supporting Loyola University Chicago's PROLAW program, which prepares its extraordinary graduates to lead world change and strengthen the rule of law. On July 25, Loyola was presented with a check for $60,000.
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AU-PROLAW Scholars travel to Washington to meet with US Department of State and AU Mission officials
Following the Commencement Ceremony, the AU-PROLAW scholars traveled to Washington, D.C. where they were received by the Department of State and at the African Union Mission (pictured), among others.
AU-PROLAW scholars received by Justice Theis
While in Chicago for the Commencement Ceremony, the AU-PROLAW scholars were received by Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis and her team at the Illinois Courts. We’d like to extend our thanks for the warm welcome and discussion!
PROLAW is offering a full scholarship to an applicant from Mexico for the academic year 2017-2018. The scholarship will cover all tuition and student fees, as well as a stipend for living costs for the eight months of study in Rome. LEARN MORE
On October 28, 2015, Prof. Bill Loris met with Bill Gates Sr. in Seattle to update Mr. Gates on how the PROLAW graduates are now applying their learning to promote justice and security in their own countries.
Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law has received additional funding from the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to support its milestone partnership agreement with the African Union.
Meet the newest cohort of PROLAW students for the 2015-2016 academic year.
AU/PROLAW Scholars Visit Washington DC
African Union/PROLAW scholars traveled to Chicago in May for Loyola’s law commencement and on to Washington, DC, to attend meetings at the State Department, Capitol Hill, and other key Washington-based rule of law and development organizations, including the World Bank.LEARN MORE
In June 2014, a group of high-level rule of law and development specialists met informally in Washington, DC, at the invitation of Loyola’s PROLAW program to initiate a policy discussion on the merits of refocusing some of the current assistance aimed at building the rule of law on strengthening rule of law capacity, ownership, and local leadership rather than on improving specific features of given legal systems.
The following press release announcing Loyola’s $1.3 million grant from the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs to support PROLAW’s recent milestone partnership agreement with the African Union was distributed today.
Multi-Year Agreement Signed in Washington, DC will Strengthen African Union Governance and Rule of Law - $1.3 million grant received from the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in support.
Students enrolled in Loyola’s LLM in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) held a special ceremony to celebrate the end of the coursework portion of the degree program. David J. Lane, U.S Ambassador to the UN agencies in Rome, was among the speakers to deliver remarks at the ceremony.
In late May, the PROLAW Program Director supported the efforts of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Judiciary in Ulan Bator, Mongolia to improve the judiciary’s handling of cases involving international commercial contracts.
Do you want to become a rule of law leader in your country? Or are you interested in a career helping others build their own rule of law? Then Loyola's PROLAW program (otherwise known as the LLM in Rule of Law for Development) is worth considering. LEARN MORE
It's about meaning. Countries living without the rule of law are prone to poverty, injustice, and insecurity. Why not do something about it? Join a growing number of lawyers, judges, and other law graduates who are turning their privilege into progress through Loyola's PROLAW program. LEARN MORE
Loyola Law prepares practically minded leaders for careers linked to social issues, including health care and children's rights. PROLAW takes this paradigm international, reinforcing Loyola’s commitment to peace and justice.LEARN MORE