Audio: Do We Need a 'Global Fund' for Rule of Law? A Partnership Needed for Economic Prosperity

  • Oct 19, 2012
    Duration: 1:11:44

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    A Conversation with:

    Mark P. Lagon, International Relations Chair, The Georgetown University Master of Science in Foreign Service Program and Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations

    Introduction by:

    Daniel F. Runde, Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies

    This year’s UN General Assembly, held in late September 2012, devoted an entire day to discussing “rule of law” and the hurdles for realizing its full capacity. As Lagon says in a report he released recently, rule of law is “needed not only for people to enjoy basic liberties, but most important to fully tap their capabilities to flourish economically.” Yet, rule of law is not properly implemented in many developing countries. Much like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Lagon argues for establishing a Global Trust, or a “cooperative partnership helping nations asking for help,” to better implement rule of law measures.