Posted by BlueLaw on June 13, 2013
BlueLaw International LLP is pleased to announce its successful transition to an independent business. Established in 2007 as the international development arm of BlueForce LLC, the company will continue to fulfill its Criminal Justice Program Support operations for the Department of State and looks forward to increased levels of service on the worldwide stage.
“BlueLaw, as a firm, specializes in addressing some of the more critical areas of societal development in an international context,” says Program Manager Myron Golden, “Security, law enforcement, rule of law, human rights, democracy and governance are and will remain the focal points of our work.”
Managing Partner Sudhir Mahara feels that this change will invigorate all aspects of operations and will propel the company to greater heights. “We’re excited to meet the challenges and opportunities that the change of control brings to the company,” says Mahara, “I can feel the renewed energy and focus in the BlueLaw employees across the board. The foundation on which the company was built remains solid–the contracts, the partner organizations, and the consultant base are the same and we are continuing to grow.”
BlueLaw International has recently been awarded another option year for the management and implementation of programs for the International Law Enforcement Academy (Roswell, NM). Over the course of the last year, with Lili Johnson as Director of Security and Law Enforcement Practice and Myron Golden as Program Manager, ILEA trained over 300 students from 31 countries. Courses included “Women in Law Enforcement Policy Forum”, “Cybercrime” and “Model Law Workshops”.
BlueLaw is an international consulting firm specializing in the areas of defense, diplomacy and development, with previous and current projects in 25 countries. BlueLaw provides technical services for rule of law, justice and security sector reform, human rights and inclusive development, and for anti-corruption and reform programs. The company is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia and maintains offices in the Washington, D.C. area.
Source: Sudhir Mahara, Managing Partner
PRACTICE INVOLVED: General News
Posted by BlueLaw on March 6, 2013
The Women in Law Enforcement Policy Forum was held at ILEA – Roswell 21 – 25 January 2013. A total of 32 female delegates from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras attended. The curriculum centered on the unique roles, contributions and challenges of women professionals in criminal justice systems.
The backgrounds and experiences of the delegates were diverse and greatly enhanced the richness of the experience. Law enforcement officers of Command staff rank, Detectives and Lead Prosecutors from each country attended. Supreme Court Judges from El Salvador and Guatemala attended. The latter Judge brought a unique perspective from experiences presiding over a specialized court established for “Femicide and Violence Against Women.” Two Financial Analysts from Honduras attended and added a focus on investigating the financial aspects of transnational organized crime. The Inspector and Head of Institutional Support for a unique program called “Ciudad Mujer” (City of Women) shared her experiences with implementing a model program that focuses on holistic restorative justice of female crime victims in El Salvador.
The Forum culminated with delegates presenting “Capstone” Projects that included specific recommendations for strengthening aspects of their agencies and the creation of new agencies or units to address the most pressing concerns in their countries regarding women and justice.
To read about the ILEA training program as profiled in the Roswell Daily Record please click on the following link: RDR Article on ILEA – March 3, 2013.
Kathleen Coogan, J.D. leading instruction in the Computer Lab for the Women in Law Enforcement Forum at ILEA-Roswell Jan 29, 2013
Community Reception for ILEA-Roswell Delegates Jan 24, 2013 (left to right) Luis Diaz-Rodriguez, INL; Myron Golden, ILEA Program Director; Phil Hutsell, Interpreter; Veronica Guadalupe Uriate Flores, El Salvador Delegate Leader
PRACTICE INVOLVED: General News
Posted by BlueLaw on December 19, 2012
BlueLaw Senior Partner, Janet Lord, contributed as lead author of an article appearing in this year’s World Bank Legal Review, together with co-authors Professor Peter Blanck and Deepti Samant of Syracuse University. The article, entitled “ Beyond the Orthodoxy of Rule of Law and Justice Sector Reform: Framework for Legal Empowerment and Innovation through the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” drew from a panel at last year’s World Bank Law, Justice and Development conference. The work reflects the perspective that legal empowerment approaches engaging the world’s most marginalized populations, including persons with disabilities, must move beyond rule of law orthodoxy that fails to identify and systematically remove barriers that inhibit full participation in society. The authors draw from their extensive experience designing and implementing rule of law programs in developing countries and, focusing on the tools of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, outline various approaches likely to advance legal empowerment for persons with disabilities.
Full text of The World Bank Legal Review
PRACTICE INVOLVED: General News, Human Rights & Disability Inclusive Development
Posted by BlueLaw on December 18, 2012
BlueLaw’s Human Rights and Inclusive Development Partner Janet Lord and Security and Justice Practice Manager Sarah Bumbarger travelled to Nairobi, Kenya November 26-30 to participate in a World Bank organized workshop held to review the legal and regulatory frameworks of EAC Countries on inclusive education for persons with disabilities. Janet Lord co-facilitated the workshop and presented the Desk Review of Legal and Regulatory Frameworks of EAC Countries and Compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which she and BlueLaw’s Allison deFranco contributed to.
The workshop was attended by 20 representatives of Ministries of Education and NGOs from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda who actively participated in a fruitful discussion on current policies and recommendations for advancing inclusive education and compliance with the UN CRPD. The participants offered information on the current and emerging policies in their countries, as well as on social, cultural, and political barriers faced by persons with disabilities in accessing education.
PRACTICE INVOLVED: General News, Human Rights & Disability Inclusive Development, Security & Justice
Posted by BlueLaw on December 10, 2012
BlueLaw Director and Justice Sector Reform Advisor Andrew Solomon was invited by Gunagzhou University Law School to participate in an interactive conference on justice system reform in China on November 27-8, 2012. The International Symposium on China’s Evaluation Index for Judicial Reform brought together leading legal scholars and former members of China’s judiciary to discuss good practices in evaluating justice systems. As one of two international experts, Andrew Solomon briefed other participants on using international standards to initiate and guide domestic legal and judicial reform initiatives. His prepared remarks and contributions over the two day discussions also focused on describing methodologies for evaluating judicial independence, accountability, and effectiveness developed by the United Nations, Council of Europe, and the American Bar Association.
PRACTICE INVOLVED: General News, Security & Justice