12:15—1:45 PM
American Bar Association 740 15th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005 John Marshall Room (9th Floor)

The Nexus between Rule of Law and Food Security

Presented by the ABA Rule of Law Initiative
    Kimberly Ann Elliott, Center for Global Development
    Jeffrey Hatcher, Rights and Resources Initiative
    Maria Koulouris, ABA Rule of Law Initiative
    Jessie Tannenbaum, ABA Rule of Law Initiative

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“There is, indeed, no such thing as an apolitical food problem.”
- Amartya Sen, “The Food Problem: Theory and Policy”

In this age of unprecedented global wealth, the world’s poor increasingly face food shortages and hunger. The global community has focused on humanitarian assistance and economic development to deliver food to people who need it, but the food security crisis has myriad causes, among them a lack of good governance and breakdown in the rule of law. The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) will convene a panel of experts to discuss the connection between the rule of law and food security, with emphasis on US agricultural and foreign policy, land reform and environmental protection, the human right to food, and public-sector corruption.

Panelists Bios:

Kimberly Ann Elliott is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Global Development and the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on trade policy and globalization, with a focus on the political economy of trade and the uses of economic leverage in international negotiations. In 2009-10 she chaired the CGD working group that produced the report, Open Markets for the Poorest Countries:  Trade Preferences that Work, and before that, authored the book Delivering on Doha:  Farm Trade and the Poor, which was co-published in July 2006 by CGD and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.  Elliott was with the Peterson Institute for many years before joining the Center full-time and remains a Visiting Fellow. Her books published there include Can International Labor Standards Improve under Globalization?  (with Richard B. Freeman, 2003), Corruption and the Global Economy (1997), Reciprocity and Retaliation in US Trade Policy (with Thomas O. Bayard, 1994), Measuring the Costs of Protection in the United States (with Gary Hufbauer, 1994), and Economic Sanctions Reconsidered (with Gary Hufbauer and Jeffrey Schott, 3rd. ed., 2007).

Jeffrey Hatcher is Director of Global Programs at the Rights and Resources Initiative. He is oversees and contributes to RRI’s analytical, communications and network support programs. Prior to joining RRI, he worked as a consultant for the FAO land tenure service focusing on territorial development, land tenure systems analysis, post-conflict land tenure reform and legal empowerment initiatives. From 2006-2007 he was a member of FAO’s Sudan Land Programme team working to implement land related provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and developing land policy and law for South Sudan.

Maria Koulouris is Director of ABA ROLI’s Africa Division. From 2004–2011, Ms. Koulouris worked at Global Rights where, in 2008, she designed an initiative on Natural Resources and Human Rights. As its director, she strengthened the capacity of civil society organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea and Congo-Brazzaville to address economic and social injustice from a human rights perspective and to document the impact of industrial gold mining and oil exploitation on the rights to water, food, participation and information. She also worked on access to justice, women’s rights and land rights programming in DRC and Burundi. Previously, Ms. Koulouris worked in Croatia as a legal officer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She also documented war crimes and crimes against humanity in Chad on behalf of Human Rights Watch, which led to the indictment of the country’s former president Hissène Habré by Belgian authorities in 2005. She holds a B.A. in law from the Université de Montréal in Québec, Canada, as well as an LL.M. in law from Columbia University in New York, where she was also a human rights fellow. Maria is a member of the Québec Bar Association. She is fluent in English and French, and speaks Greek and Spanish.

Jessie Tannenbaum
is a Senior Legal Analyst at ABA ROLI, where she conducts research and analysis related to anti-corruption and criminal law reform and serves as co-coordinator of ABA ROLI’s Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity thematic area. Ms. Tannenbaum has been the principal or co-author of a number of ABA ROLI publications, including the Detention Procedure Assessment Tool for Armenia (2010), the Prosecutorial Reform Index for Guatemala (2011), the Handbook of International Standards on Pretrial Detention Procedure (2010) and the Handbook of International Standards on Sentencing Procedure (2010). Prior to joining ABA ROLI in 2008, Ms. Tannenbaum was a fellow at the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Ms. Tannenbaum holds an LL.M. in international human rights law and a J.D., from the University of Notre Dame Law School, and a B.A. in French and International Studies from the University of Denver. A Chicago native, she is fluent in Spanish and French and has a working knowledge of Italian and Portuguese.


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