What We Do

Course Offerings

Rule of Law Program faculty and affiliated faculty teach a number of courses throughout the academic year.

Fall Quarter:

State-Building and the Rule of Law Seminar (Jensen and Mistree)

Afghanistan Legal Education Seminar (Hakimi and Jensen).

Winter Quarter:

Global Poverty and the Law Seminar (Mistree and Jensen)

Advanced State-Building and Rule of Law Seminar (Jensen and Mistree)

Advanced Afghanistan Legal Education Seminar (Hakimi and Jensen)

Spring Break:
Global Poverty, Corruption, and the Law: India Field Study

Research and Scholarship

Through courses and directed research, students have the opportunity to conduct research and develop scholarship on rule of law issues with Stanford Law School faculty. Past projects have explored topics ranging from commercial arbitration in Iraqi Kurdistan, to legal pedagogy development and transmission in Afghanistan, to a critical assessment of legal identity. The Rule of Non-Law Project involves eight associated law faculty members and provides opportunities for student research with associated faculty. The project examines the use of various workarounds to the formal legal system by economic actors in developing countries.

Rule of Non-Law Project

Experiential Learning

Opportunities include the Afghanistan Legal Education Project, the Iraq Legal Education Initiative, the Rwanda Legal Development Project, and the Cambodia Law and Policy Initiative. All four projects include opportunities for serious work to address long-term needs in each of the four countries, and each project contemplates student travel associated with the work. There are also opportunities available through the Rule of Non-Law Project.

Field Study

Global Poverty, Corruption and The Law: India Field Study

Corruption is one of the most difficult challenges facing societies across the developing world, and carries particularly severe consequences for those living in poverty. Why is corruption so pervasive and what can be done to address it? During Spring Break 2019 (March 25–29, 2019), this course was held in Delhi, India and consisted of conversations with lawyers, politicians, scholars, leaders in civil society, and senior bureaucrats who are active in addressing poverty and improving governance. Students also met frontline government officials (i.e., cops and government teachers) who shared their own perspectives about the problem.

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Legal Education

Providing curriculum support and technical assistance to legal education institutions in developing countries:

o Curriculum and Program Development with American University of Afghanistan
South Asia

o Curriculum Development with American University of Iraq Sulaimani
Middle East

o Curriculum Development with the English Language Based Bachelor of Law Program in Cambodia
Southeast Asia

o Curriculum Development with National University of Timor-Leste Southeast Asia

o Curriculum Development with Royal Training Institute of Bhutan Southeast Asia


Providing comparative law and policy analysis at the request of government entities in developing economies:

o Policy development with the Rwanda Law Reform Commission

o Policy Development with the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Rwanda


Summer Internships:

o Summer Clerkship at the Rwandan Supreme Court