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Rule of Law Collaborative receives nearly $5 million dollar grant

COLUMBIA, SC – The Rule of Law Collaborative (ROLC) has been awarded $4.75 million by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to assist developing, fragile, and post-conflict countries in building the rule of law. With these funds, ROLC will research, design, and implement programs that lead to responsive, flexible, and cutting-edge programming on rule of law and justice reform. The program will be called Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Plus (JUSTRAC+).

“Under the JUSTRAC+ program, ROLC will build on past successes to continue working with the U.S. Government to improve the quality of rule of law programming around the world,” explains Rule of Law Collaborative Director Joel Samuels. “This award recognizes the years of hear work by the members of the team at the Rule of Law Collaborative and the growing acknowledgement of USC as a national and global leader on rule of law issues.”

For the past four years, USC-ROLC has designed and implemented JUSTRAC, a program aimed at developing deep experience in designing and delivering knowledge and skill acquisition activities on rule of law to the agencies of the U.S Government and other justice sector constituencies. The JUSTRAC+ program will build on JUSTRAC to continue the learning and development for U.S. Government officials engaged in rule of law programming around the world.

ROLC works to develop rule of law as a discipline, advance theoretical and research-based applications in the field, and refine policies relating to rule of law development. With more than 60 faculty associates across a range of disciplines, ROLC takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the rule of law. 

To learn more about this project and other activities at the Rule of Law Collaborative, visit

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