As part of the WJP’s mission to build awareness of the rule of law, collaboration with schools and civic educators is essential. Through their leadership and instruction, schools provide a critical foundation for introducing young people to the rule of law. With this in mind, the WJP supports educational projects in the United States that promote the rule of law through curriculum materials and experiential learning experiences. The intended outcomes of these projects are for students to gain an improved understanding of how the rule of law impacts their lives and communities.
In the United States, the WJP has partnered with rule of law education projects at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.
- At the secondary level, the WJP supports the Virginia Bar Association’s Rule of Law Project, a program that aims to “fundamentally change the way students learn about the rule of law as the basis of all of our rights and responsibilities as American citizens.” The project was established in 2008 and works with local bar associations to bring lawyers into middle school civics classrooms in the state of Virginia. In addition, the VBA Rule of Law Project provides a variety of materials to educators interested in rule of law education on their website. The project was presented as a successful rule of law initiative at World Justice Forums II and III. Click here to visit the VBA Rule of Law Project’s website.
- At the postsecondary level, the WJP has partnered with the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law, which hosted a rule of law conference attended by university students representing various academic disciplines and schools from throughout North Carolina. The conference was held in February 2012 and focused on the importance of the rule of law and its impact on university students and society. Conference participants were given copies of the WJP’s Rule of Law Index, and used its definition of the rule of law to inform their discussions. Click here to visit NCCU’s School of Law’s conference website.
For more information about the WJP’s education activities, please contact Radha Friedman at [email protected].