Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD
Bar Association Launches Effort to Advance Human Rights / Promote Rule of Law
In action taken by its board of governors, the association approved this new initiative to "best promote the rule of law, the cause of human rights and the development of international law by pursuing a multinational and multilateral approach to take full advantage" of the international contacts the association has developed.
ABA President Robert MacCrate said one idea is to use the ABA's annual meeting as a "world resource center," with substantive programming for participation by bar leaders from various countries."
MacCrate also suggested that an internship program be established between American law firms and law schools for Soviet lawyers to foster an understanding of American legal theory and practice.
"Our existing programs of bilateral declarations of cooperation with foreign bar associations and international legal organizations have been extraordinarily successful," he said, "particularly those with the Association of Soviet Lawyers and the Peoples Republic of China.
"Through these declarations we have been able to initiate useful discussions of human rights, environmental law and other major issues.
"We have also achieved," MacCrate added, "our stated purpose of facilitating and greatly multiplying professional contacts among American and foreign lawyers."
The ABA has "opened the door," he said, "and I believe that the important dialogue begun by the ABA will be amplified by the many American lawyers now travelling to those countries."
It is time now to move on to the next phase, however, MacCrate said, "and emphasize our commitment to a multinational effort."
The declaration of cooperation with the Chinese expired in 1986 and has not been renewed and six other declarations expire in 1989. . .
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