The Task Force, the successor to the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, discusses and deliberates on both domestic and international issues, including national security, those related to the U.S. Constitution and treaty obligations, and the question of norms versus laws. Working with other City Bar committees, the Task Force produces both quick-response short statements and comprehensive reports, and engages in programming, including panel discussions and podcasts.
By "Rule of Law" we refer generally to the framework for decision-making in a constitutional democracy that encompasses, among other things, due process of law, adherence to separation of powers and a system of checks and balances, the protection of fundamental rights, and the fair and equal administration of justice by an independent judiciary.
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International Rule of Law Forum: Priorities for U.S. Recommitment to International Law and Institutions — Video of Sessions 1 and 3 available here.
Session 1: The Rule of Law and Authoritarian Ascendance: the Nature and Scale of the Threat, and the Legal, Policy and Societal Responses to It -- June 8, 2021
Session 2 | June 22, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Cooperation, Competition or Confrontation: China, the U.S. and the Rule of Law
Session 3 | December 7, 2021: The Global Multilateral System, the Role of the U.S., and the Prospects for Addressing Today’s Greatest Challenges
Rule of Law Forum – Preserving the Rule of Law in an Age of Disruption
Session 1: Threats to the Rule of Law in America: A Survey - September 15, 2020 - Video available here
Session 2: Checks, Balances and Oversight -- the Distribution of Governmental Power and Information - September 22, 2020 - Video available here
Session 3: Interference with Judicial Independence and Local Law Enforcement - October 8, 2020 - Video available here
Session 4: Threats to Individual and Societal Rights - October 21, 2020 - Video available here
Session 5: Rebuilding the Rule of Law in America: What Can and Should the Legal Profession, Individual Lawyers and Citizens Do? - November 18, 2020 - Video available here