American Bar Association and Partners Launch TrialWatch

An attorney with more than 30 years of experience, Gordon Burrows operates his legal firm, furnishing family and matrimonial law litigation in White Plains, New York. To better serve his clients, Gordon Burrows maintains membership to multiple industry organizations, including the American Bar Association.

Last April 25, 2019, the American Bar Association (ABA) announced the launch of TrialWatch, a program that monitors and reacts to trials suspected of committing human rights violations around the world. TrialWatch was made possible through the partnership among the ABA, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Columbia Law School, Microsoft Corporation, and the Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ).

TrialWatch will expand the efforts of the ABA Center for Human Rights (CHR), which has been actively tracking criminal trials of religious minorities, women and girls, LGBTQ individuals, human rights defenders, and journalists in countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Cambodia, Colombia, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Iraq, and Angola. TrialWatch will bring innovative procedures to standardize the trial monitoring process.

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The Rule of Law Initiative at the American Bar Association

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Rule of Law Initiative
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Gordon Burrows brings more than 30 years of experience to his work as a matrimonial and family law attorney based in White Plains, New York. Throughout his career as a lawyer, Gordon Burrows has worked to improve his practice through memberships in several legal organizations, including the American Bar Association (ABA).

Alongside its professional development offerings for practicing attorneys, the ABA oversees advocacy activities such as its Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI). First launched in 2007, the initiative promotes the rule of law to improve justice, economic opportunity, and human dignity for people around the globe.

The establishment of ROLI consolidated five rule of law programs that the ABA had led for over 25 years. Today, a staff of over 500 professionals guides the initiative, which brings together government agencies, law schools, bar associations, and community organizations in over 100 countries. Together, the ABA and its ROLI partners work to strengthen legal systems, promote citizens’ rights, and advance the public’s understanding of the law.

Research conducted as part of ROLI has provided the foundation for tools and training that help local stakeholders in communities worldwide improve transparency and accountability in their justice systems. The initiative also promotes thought leadership through publications and events, including its annual Contemporary Rule of Law Issues conference.