ABA Announces Coordination of International Efforts
Recognizing the increasing globalization of the practice of law, American Bar Association President Stephen N. Zack today announced that the ABA’s international efforts will be coordinated under a unified structure, to be overseen by the senior director of Washington, D.C. operations, Jim Swanson.
The association’s international work is primarily undertaken by members of its Rule of Law Initiative, Center for Human Rights and Section of International Law.
“Our world is getting smaller: globalization is affecting every life, and every aspect of the law,” said Zack. “So, we’re changing the way we do business. The ABA must have a united focus and voice in its international work. This new coordinated approach will make the ABA faster and more effective in its advocacy on behalf of the American legal profession and the rule of law.”
The ABA works with lawyers, judges and others on a variety of international projects around the world, focusing on issues important to the legal profession and business interests, as well as to the human rights community. Among its efforts, the ABA provides assistance to ensure the stability of legal systems abroad; advances respect for legal concepts like attorney-client privilege and respect for the law and justice system; and assists in the development of legal codes. Integral to these efforts is concern for human rights and freedom.