Research and Analysis. Ideally, theory and practice—and their interaction—are the subject of deliberate thought and reflection designed to inform policymakers. However, in a dynamic world, there are no guarantees that policy inputs will be timely or fully digested. Nevertheless, efforts to inform policymaking will always be valuable at the very least for documenting what options were available at the time when decisions were made.

Capacity Development Assessment. 
In Myanmar, New-Rule Senior Advisor Robert Lochary conducted capacity development assessments of the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union and the Union Attorney General’s Office training departments as part of a UNDP/IDLO program to build the capacity of key justice sector institutions and develop training for judges and law officers in furtherance of Myanmar’s democratic transition. Mr. Lochary's recommendations focused on enhancing the knowledge, skills and abilities of judges and law officers to implement domestic and international fair trial procedures and judicial ethics, and will be used as the basis for ongoing reform efforts in both institutions.

Impunity: Countering Illicit Power in War and Transition.

Principal, Scott Carlson, has authored a chapter in a new book from the National Defense University, Impunity: Countering Illicit Power in War and Transition. This book is a collection of case studies and related teaching materials that are a good read for students of governance programming, those with regional focus, and others interested in the topic. In his chapter, A Granular Approach to Combating Corruption and Illicit Power Structures, Scott Carlson describes ways to combat corruption and impunity utilizing new approaches to transparency and accountability. The chapter provides a blend of policy, practice, and analysis about how assistance providers can be more innovative and effective in their programming. Teaching materials will be forthcoming.

Jordanian Justice Sector Assessment.  For a leading USAID implementer, Scott Carlson, New-Rule Principal, assessed justice sector actors, reporting on their status and providing suggestions for programmatic design. This technical work addressed legal and information technology considerations.

Expert Rule of Law Opinion. In an ongoing trial, New-Rule analyzed the application of international law to the facts of the case, providing a written opinion, which among other things explained how international standards govern the functions of the judiciary. The opinion was filed in conjunction with a motion for partial summary judgment.

New-Rule Impact

Court Automation at the East African Court of Justice

Comparative Study of the Rule of Law Programs in Afghanistan and Iraq

Rule of Law Strategy Development