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CEMS Dean participates in World Justice Project forum in D.C.

Release Date: 03-12-2007

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
Email: Dawn.Densmore@uvm.edu
Phone: Array Fax: 802-656-8802

Dr. Domenico Grasso, Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), was invited by William H. Neukom, President-Elect of the American Bar Association, and Justice Sandra Day O'Conner to participate in the World Justice Project (WJP). WJP is developing ways to address the rule of law deficit that undermines efforts to ensure basic human security, fight poverty, eradicate corruption, improve public health and enhance public education around the world.

WJP, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association, seeks to create a "universal rule of law" for the just and efficient functioning of societies. A small group of recognized leaders in education, labor, medicine, religion, journalism, engineering, architecture, economics, business, government and nongovernmental organizations were invited to provide diverse perspectives on how to address the rule of law deficit that consigns billions of people to lives characterized by violence, poverty, corruption, ignorance and poor health.

Dean Grasso was one of only four engineers who attended the meeting. Other participants included Justice Anthony M. Kennedy; Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education and former Governor of South Carolina; Dr. Ashraf Ghani, Chancellor of Kabul University and former Minister of Finance for Afghanistan; Hans Corell, former Under-Secretary General and Legal Counsel for the United Nations; and David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former foreign correspondent for the New York Times.

Grasso, assigned to the WJP Architecture/Engineering panel, will submit an academic paper delineating the impact of universal rule of law on engineering for publication in PRISM or Science. "It's an honor to be part of WJP and to be able to share the results of this exciting and important experience with my colleagues and students in the College," says Grasso.

A follow-on WJP meeting will be held in spring 2008 where Nobel Laureate Dr. James Heckman and members of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) will examine potential contributions of a universal rule of law.

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