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Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan

 Banner shows Afghan shepherd boy--State Dept. photo; Afghanistan Loya Jirga--AP/Wide World photo; The Justice Hall in Herat--State Dept. photo; Afghan prosecutors training in Kabul--State Dept. photo

Donations at all levels are welcomed. Partner firms and lawyers - those contributing $50,000 or more over two years - will join senior Department of State officials and other interagency partners for a press conference, regular briefings from the U.S. Coordinator for Counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan, and various other special events. Of course, any contribution of any lesser amount would also be welcomed.

On January 4, 2004, Afghanistan's Constitutional Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly) approved a 162-article constitution establishing a presidential system of government with a bicameral legislature and paving the way for national elections later in 2004.

The constitution was approved after three weeks of meetings in Kabul during which 502 male and female delegates, representing Afghanistan's various ethnic groups and geographic regions, debated and made compromises on a draft document before approving it by acclamation.

The new constitution marks a historic step forward, and President Bush has pledged continued U.S. assistance to the Afghan people as they build a free and prosperous future.

The U.S.-Afghan partnership has already produced results. President Bush remarked in August 2007 at Camp David that President Karzai has taken a "strong stance for freedom and justice" and that "we're working closely together to help the people of Afghanistan prosper. We work together to give the people of Afghanistan a chance to raise their children in a hopeful world. And we're working together to defeat those who would try to stop the advance of a free Afghan society."

Afghans have made a great deal of progress in the justice sector since 2001, but much work remains to be done. The Afghan justice system needs to improve its human resource capacity through legal education and professional development. Judges and lawyers have minimal training and often base their work on their personal understanding of Islamic law and tribal codes without taking into account relevant Afghan laws.

The Afghan Government is working hard to establish the rule of law for its citizens. Today, the American private sector can extend a hand of friendship by joining the United States to support Afghanistan's vision for a free, democratic, and prosperous state based on the rule of law. Read more


Afghan Women Lawyers Training Conference
Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan to host Afghan Women Lawyers Training Conference in the United States. Full Text

Second Executive Committee Assessment Visit to Afghanistan
The delegation consisted of Judge Stephen G. Larson (U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California), Kerry Murphy Healey (former Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), Peter F. Garvin, III (Partner with the law firm of Jones Day LLP), Marisa McQuilken (Reporter with the Legal Times), and Temim Nusraty (Senior Rule of Law Advisor at the U.S. Department of State). U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, William Wood, also is pictured, third from left. State Dept. photoMembers of the Executive Committee traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan October 15-19, 2008. More

Visiting Scholars Program
Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan places first Afghan candidate in visiting scholars program in the United States. Full Text

Addressing the California Legal Community
Visit to the Chambers of Judge Stephen Larson. From left to right: Judge Stephen Larson; Former Attorney General Abdul Jabbar Sabit; Judge Consuelo B. Marshall; General Abdul Sassee; Afghan Ministry of Justice; Afghan Consul General Atiqullah Atifmal; Michael Greenwald, Assistant to Governor Kerry Healey; Robert O’Brien, Co-Chair, Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. [State Dept. photo]Former Afghan Attorney General discusses the Public-Private Partnership with the California Legal Community. Photos

Afghan Prosecutors Training Graduation
Dean Hiram Chodosh congratulates one of the Prosecutors for completing the program. [Photo courtesy of University of Utah] First U.S.-based training program sponsored by the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan is completed. Photos

Public and Private Sector Efforts in AfghanistanSecretary Rice delivers remarks at the formal announcement of the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. State Dept. photo
Secretary Rice (Dec. 13): "Through our combined public and private sector efforts in Afghanistan we can ensure that our assistance builds upon the foundations of democracy and justice that Afghanistan is working so diligently to achieve. Together with the Afghan people, I am confident that we can succeed." Full Text | Press Release | Photos


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