Asian Law Center
Development and Rule of Law
The Asian Law Center aims to be an ideas leader at the intersection of Asian Law and Development and Rule of Law
in our teaching programs, our global projects and our research agenda.
The Sustainable International Development Law LL.M. track is the first graduate program at a U.S. law school to focus on international development law. Professor and former Program Director Roy Prosterman founded both the SID program and the non-profit organization Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute) to alleviate world poverty and promote global stability through democratic land reform and rural development in transitional economies. For such peaceful land reform work in 35 developing countries Professor Prosterman has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2011, the Center and UW Law were selected to partner with the Asia Foundation,
particularly in the areas of curriculum reform and clinical legal education,
on a four year USAID award to support of Indonesia’s justice system. The program Educating and Equipping Tomorrow's Justice Reformers (E2J) will leverage and strengthen the capacity of Indonesian institutions, particularly law schools and civil society organizations, to cultivate and develop a generation of lawyers, public servants and scholars who are well-versed in the knowledge and skills needed to foster and sustain justice sector reform.
Similiary, since 2004, the Center has developed and is administering a project, funded by the U.S. Department of State, focused on re-training legal educators in Afghanistan. We were selected because of faculty’s long experience in training lawyers from developing countries and faculty's practical expertise in Asia, in development law and institutional law reform, and in Islamic Law. Our Legal Education Support Program - Afghanistan (previously Afghan Legal Educators Project) underscores our commitment to public service lawyering.
The Center has led workshops focused on the emergence of development law teaching programs around the world. These workshops formed the basis for the Collaborative Research Network within the Law and Society Association on Rule of Law, State-Building and Transition.