Rule of Law Program 8

Rule of Law Program

Creating cutting edge research and fieldwork opportunities that train Stanford Law students to advance rule of law around the world.

Learn More


In the News

About the Rule of Law Program

The Rule of Law Program at Stanford Law School was established in 1999 with the goal of promoting policy-relevant scholarship on the rule of law in developing countries and creating opportunities for students to responsibly engage in applied development work.

Until 2007, the Program generated academic papers commissioned with international scholars and conducted associated workshops on rule of law. After 2007, the Program ran a number of projects in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Timor Leste, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Rwanda, providing Stanford JDs the opportunity to work on legal education and policy initiatives.

In AY 2015-16, the Rule of Law Program will scale back its project-focused work to focus on the Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP). It will open opportunities for JD and non-JDs alike to take courses and pursue individualized applied research and fieldwork. Research will build on work and established relationships in Rwanda and Cambodia, among other countries.