Governmental power and the Rule of Law


Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
(enter from Ronald Reagan Plaza)

Preserving a free society
Governmental power and the Rule of Law
(First event of a six-part series)

Presented by the International Bar Association in cooperation with The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, with support from The International Bar Association Foundation.

Our guests, having respectively held senior positions in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, will share their views on the responsibilities and limitations that the rule of law imposes on officials in the three branches of government. They will consider such questions as: What is the appropriate role of each branch of government in safeguarding liberty and preserving the rule of law? What must officials of each branch do to ensure that the government respects the legal limits of its own power? On a day-to-day basis, what does the rule of law cause senior government officials to do, or refrain from doing? To what extent do unwritten rules and established traditions protect free societies and reinforce the rule of law?



George J Mitchell Jr

  • Former Democratic Senator for Maine and Senate Majority Leader
  • Special Envoy for Northern Ireland and Special Envoy for Middle East Peace

Carla A Hills

  • Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Ford Administration)
  • Former US Trade Representative (George H W Bush Administration)

Thomas B Griffith

  • Judge, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (appointed by George W Bush)
  • Former Chief Legal Officer of the US Senate


Homer E Moyer Jr

  • Former appointee in both Democratic and Republican administrations
  • Founder of the Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI) Institute, an independent Rule of Law institute in Prague