The COVID-19 pandemic is having dramatic effects on many facets of the rule of law around the world. Growing barriers to access to justice, rising manipulation of emergency powers, and intensifying pressures on civil society and independent media are together eroding fundamental principles of good democratic governance and the rule of law. These early warning signs from the pandemic crisis come on the heels of growing evidence that the rule of law, particularly in such areas as fundamental rights, corruption, and constraints on executive powers, continues to decline in most countries, according to the latest World Justice Project Rule of Law Index.

On May 27, 2020, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Brussels and the World Justice Project co-hosted a webinar with rule of law practitioners and supporters focused on recent developments in Africa and the European Neighborhood. The discussion will feature expert inputs from implementers in the field as well as key officials engaged in shaping EU and US rule of law policies and programs in these regions.

Watch the event recording below. Learn more about the event here.


 

Rule of Law Challenges in Africa and the European Neighborhood: How Should the EU Respond?

Event Recorded May 27, 2020

Panelists: 

  • Ted Piccone, Chief Engagement Officer, World Justice Project
  • Kemi Okenyodo, Executive Director, Partners West Africa Nigeria
  • Vladislav Gribincea, Executive Director, Legal Resources Centre Moldova
  • Jonathan Van Meerbeeck, Programme Officer, DEVCO B1 - Gender Equality, Human Rights and Democratic Governance, European Commission
  • Andrew Solomon, Senior Rule of Law Advisor, Center for Democracy, Rights, and Governance, USAID
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Corruption and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Part of a multidisciplinary initiative from the World Justice Project to expand knowledge of the relationship between public health and the rule of law, and to identify measures to tackle the twin crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rule of law where they intersect, this policy brief outlines the principal corruption risks posed by the pandemic and highlights relevant norms, best practices, and resources to combat corruption in the pandemic response and recovery period.

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