RoLAG's purpose is to encourage and assist the membership of the IBA, both member organisations and individual members, to respond on a continuous basis to the call of the IBA Council, at the end of its Resolution passed in Prague in September 2005, 'to speak out in support of the Rule of Law within their respective communities'.
The full text of that Resolution can be found in the introduction to the commentary thereon prepared by RoLAG. This was adopted by the IBA Council at its meeting during the Annual Conference in Madrid. Access other accompanying documents.
The Rule of Law Action Group (RoLAG) was formed in early 2007, following the very successful Rule of Law Symposium in Chicago, organised jointly by the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association, immediately before the Annual Conference in September 2006. Initially called the 'President's Rule of Law Task Force', it has changed its name and is now firmly established as an entity within the Public and Professional Interest Division ('PPID').
RoLAG's purpose is to encourage and assist the membership of the Association, both member organisations and individual members, to respond on a continuous basis to the call of the Council, at the end of its Resolution passed in Prague in September 2005, 'to speak out in support of the Rule of Law within their respective communities'.
The full text of that Resolution can be found in the introduction to the commentary thereon prepared by RoLAG (see documents).
Officers and membership
The activities of RoLAG are the responsibility of its Co-Chairs, each of whom serves for a term of two years and is appointed by the Chair of PPID.
RoLAG also has a number of Vice-Chairs, who are also appointed by the Chair of PPID. Their responsibility is to respond, if they can, to requests for assistance from the Co-Chairs. See full officer details
Because RoLAG works across the Association as a whole, it does not have members like other committees of LPD and PPID. However, the Co-Chairs maintain a circulation list of those who have expressed interest in RoLAG's activities in order to keep them regularly informed about those activities. Anyone who wishes to be included in this circulation list should contact the IBA.
Furthermore, all committees and other entities of LPD and PPID have been invited to appoint a 'Liaison member' of RoLAG. The responsibility of each liaison member is (i) to keep the Co-Chairs of RoLAG and the officers of his/her appointing committee fully informed about the activities and planned activities of each relevant to the other, and (ii) to ensure that the Rule of Law is in the forefront of the considerations of the officers of his/her appointing committee whenever the activities of that committee are being planned.
RoLAG's principal activity has been to organise a Rule of Law Symposium in conjunction with the Annual Conference. Very successful symposia have been organised since the IBA Annual Conference in Chicago in 2006, very successful symposia have also been held on the last day of the Annual Conference in Singapore in 2007, Buenos Aires in 2008 and Madrid in 2009. There will be a similar symposium at the 2010 Annual Conference in Vancouver.
RoLAG also organised an equally successful Symposium in Moscow in June 2007 in conjunction with the Moscow City Chamber of Advocates, the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation and the International Union (Commonwealth) of Advocates. The speeches delivered at this Symposium have been published in a booklet entitled 'The World Rule of Law Movement and Russian Legal Reform'.
RoLAG stands willing to assist any committee or other entity of LPD or PPID in preparing and/or presenting a session about or related to the Rule of Law in any conference, seminar or other event being organised by that committee. It has so far cooperated with the Bar Issues Commission in presenting sessions at the annual Bar Leaders Conference and with the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee at its specialised seminar.