Jones Day Partner Reviews Kabul's Rule Of Law Projects

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 01:00

Peter F. Garvin III, a partner in Jones Day's Washington Office, recently returned from Kabul, where he worked with California federal judge Stephen Larson, Harvard fellow,former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, and U.S. Department of State rule-of-law advisor Temim Nusraty to further a series of pro bono efforts to help upgrade Afghanistan's justice system.

The Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, of which Mr. Garvin is an executive committee member, was created in December 2007 by the State Department.

As noted by Mr. Garvin, "The development of a rule of law society is critical to the future security and prosperity of the Afghan people. The Afghan government has adopted a modern constitution engendering important rights including the right to defense counsel, freedom of speech, equality for women, and freedom of religious expression. It was inspirational to meet and confer with Afghan judges, lawyers, educators, prosecutors, and politicians who are working, often at great personal risk, to make this dream a reality. We are proud and excited to have this opportunity to assist our colleagues in Afghanistan as they seek to build a better society and a better future for their children."