The “Bill of Obligations”: A Law Day Conversation with Dr. Richard Haass


Dr. Richard Haass, longtime President of the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses his just-published book The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, which posits that the nation needs to adopt a Bill of Obligations, responsibilities that Americans and their leaders must undertake to preserve our democracy. In conversation with Dean Gillian Lester of Columbia Law School on Law Day 2023, Dr. Haass explains what these obligations should be, how we can implement them and the risks if we don’t. 

Susan J. Kohlmann
, President, New York City Bar Association
Dawn Smalls, Co-Chair, Task Force on Civic Education

Richard Haass
, President, Council on Foreign Relations, and author of The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens
Gillian Lester, Dean, Columbia Law School

Sponsoring Committees:
Civic Education Task Force, Hon. Katharine Parker & Dawn Smalls, Co-Chairs
Rule of Law Task Force, Marcy Kahn, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Education and the Law Committee, Rebecca Berkebile and Jonathan D. Glater, Co-Chairs
Task Force on the Independence of Lawyers and Judges, Christopher Pioch, Chair
Council on International Affairs, Mark A. Meyer, Chair