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Penn Law partners with IDLO to promote the rule of law

October 05, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania Law School and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a framework for cooperation that will help the two institutions promote the rule of law globally.

The new partnership will create an internship program which will provide opportunities for JD students to work with IDLO staff in their offices in Rome, New York City, Geneva, and The Hague.

In addition, Penn Law and IDLO will work together to hold events and conferences that bring together academic, non-government, and government partners to advance the rule of law.

“Penn Law is excited to work with IDLO to promote the rule of law — an issue on which scholars at the Law School and the experts of IDLO are doing vital work,” said Ted Ruger, Dean of Penn Law. “In addition, our students will have the opportunity to learn from IDLO’s wide-ranging knowledge of global legal issues.”

“IDLO is delighted to partner with Penn Law to advance our shared goals of strengthening the rule of law globally,” said Irene Khan, IDLO’s Director-General. “Top law schools like Penn Law have a defining role to play in building legal capacity to do so.”

“As the largest intergovernmental organization working on the rule of law, IDLO provides Penn Law students unparalleled opportunities,” said Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs at Penn Law. “Penn Law’s summer Human Rights Fellow, Sarah Byrd, reported that her experience working with IDLO was a transformative one.”

Founded and headquartered in Rome, IDLO is the only intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law, and their work is supported by governments, multilateral organizations, private foundations and the private sector. IDLO also has offices in The Hague and is represented at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, where the organization helps shape the debate about justice, human rights, and development.

Penn Law traces its history to 1790 when James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, framer of the Constitution, and member of the first U.S. Supreme Court, delivered the University of Pennsylvania’s first lectures in law to President George Washington and members of his Cabinet. Today the hallmarks of the Penn Law experience are a cross-disciplinary, globally-focused legal education, and vibrant and collegial community. Penn Law prepares graduates to navigate an increasingly complex world as leaders and influential decision-makers in the law and related fields.