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Rule of Law and Judicial Reform

January 17, 2016 - January 21, 2016

Through organized meetings, site visits, and analysis of case studies, seventeen participants from the Middle East and North Africa will be traveling to Cleveland to learn how the city has dealt with the pressing challenges of combating corruption and strengthening civil society. This project will examine U.S. commitment to the promotion of transparency, ethics, and judicial independence in a democracy, as well as: how the judiciary preserves democratic practices such as due process, trial by jury, right to representation and a fair trial; the role of the public defender; the appeal process; judicial appointments/elections; and governmental accountability. In addition to Cleveland, participants will travel to Washington, DC; Williamsburg, Virginia; Reno, Nevada; and San Diego, California.

Throughout the participants’ stay in Cleveland, engagement with the Cuyahoga County Public Corruption Unit, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and several district courts will shed light on how a successful judicial system can be utilized to combat corruption and protect human rights.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Katie Ferman, Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


January 17, 2016
January 21, 2016
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