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What Makes States Successful?
Afghanistan and the Future of State Building

April 15-17, 2010
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel
Presented by the University of La Verne College of Law

11.5 CLE Credit Hours


One of the most pressing challenges of our time is to develop more effective strategies to assist the peoples of failed states through humanitarian intervention and assistance and onwards to democracy and rule of law. State failure is one of the most challenging public policy problems of our age. Despite the pressures of globalization on the autonomy of states, states remain the most important locations of institutions to promote justice and the welfare of peoples of the world. States are vital to maintaining peace and security across the globe. We need states to succeed. But they sometimes fail. Why? And how do we turn failed states into successful states?

This symposium examines these
questions with a four-fold focus:

  • The focus is on state failure that is either caused by or is some way related to armed conflict within a state, either from a civil war or from armed intervention by intervening states, United Nations Security Council action, or otherwise.
  • The focus is on institutional solutions to state failure, with an emphasis on rule of law.
  • The focus is on developing action plans or protocols containing concrete solutions to help failed states become successful states.
  • The symposium focuses on Afghanistan. Afghanistan provides a rich source of data and experience on what works and what fails, although Afghanistan remains very much a work in progress.

Designed to provide governments with a concrete set of action items, the symposium’s objective is practical: to bring the very best thinkers and decision makers together to prepare a set of detailed principles that governments can use to identify and prioritize actions to be taken and to measure the effectiveness of these actions. An important symposium aim is to produce policy guidance for future directions in that country. The symposium approach is multi-disciplinary, with the goal to learn from a diversity of views.

Panel Discussions Include:

  • Military Intervention
  • Phases and Priorities of Reconstruction: Law, Economics
    and Humanitarianism
  • Transitional Justice
  • Transformative Occupation: Transforming National Security Institutions
  • Criminal Justice
  • Constitutions, Multicultural Democracies, and Citizenship
  • Human Rights
  • Are Protocols Possible?

Keynote Speakers:

  • Hon. Pierre-Richard Prosper
    Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues
  • Cherif Bassiouni
    Distinguished Research Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law , President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute
  • William J. McGlynn
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. Department of State
  • David Sedney
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia

Symposium Co-Chairs

  • Hon. Stephen G. Larson
    retired United States District Judge,
    Partner, Girardi | Keese
  • John Linarelli
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law,
    University of La Verne College of Law
  • Admiral (Ret.) Bruce MacDonald
    former Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy
  • Hon. Robert O’Brien
    Managing Partner, Arent Fox LLP; Co-Chair, U.S. Department of State Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan

Panelists Include:

  • Juan Botero
    Rule of Law Index Director, World Justice Project
  • Dr. John S. Carlarne
    Research Associate, Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, University of South Carolina
  • Hon. David O. Carter
    U.S. District Judge, Central District of California
  • Feryal Cherif
    Assistant Professor of Political Science,
    University of California, Riverside
  • Marisa S. Cianciarulo
    Associate Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law
  • Erin Daly
    Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Widener University School of Law
  • Michael Delaney
    Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South Asia
  • John Dempsey
    Senior Rule of Law Adviser, Kabul, United States Institute of Peace
  • Jasteena Dhillon
    Associate Fellow, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government,
    Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
  • Elise Groulx Diggs
    President, International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association (moderator)
  • Lew Diggs
    Principal, L.H. Diggs Consulting Services (moderator)
  • Charles Doskow
    Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law,
    University of La Verne College of Law
  • Jonathan Eddy
    Director, Asian Law Center; Manager, Afghanistan Legal Educators Project and Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law
  • Pierre Englebert
    Professor of Politics, Pomona College
  • David Glazier
    Professor of Law, Loyola Los Angeles Law School (moderator)
  • Patricia Gossman
    International Center for Transitional Justice (scheduled to attend)
  • Tiffany Graham
    Associate Professor of Law,
    University of La Verne College of Law (moderator)
  • John Hall
    Associate Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law
  • Hon. Kerry Murphy Healey
    Former Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (moderator)
  • Col. V. Joshi
    Canada Deputy Judge Advocate General/Military Justice and Administrative Law
  • David Kaye
    Executive Director, UCLA International Human Rights Program
  • LCol (Ret.) David Last
    Professor of Political Science, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Rita Lauria
    Metalaw Group and Los Angeles County Bar, International Law Section
  • Grey Maggiano
    Justice Program Manager, Afghanistan-Pakistan Office, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs,
    U.S. Department of State
  • Major Jeremy Marsh
    U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA
  • Col. Dominic D. McAlea
    Canada Deputy Judge Advocate Regional Services Ottawa
  • Cdr. Caren McCurdy
    U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General
  • Hon. Douglas P. Miller
    Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal
  • Raaj Narayan
    Afghan Legal Education Project, Stanford University Law School
  • Mariam Nawabi
    Co-Founder, Afghanistan Advocacy Group and Member,
    U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council
  • Mary Ellen O’Connell
    Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Cesare Pinelli
    Professor of Regional and Constitutional Law,
    University of Rome La Sapienza
  • Lako Tongun
    Associate Professor of International and Intercultural Studies,
    Pitzer College
  • Larry Wynne
    Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization,
    U.S. Department of State



April 15, 2010:

University of La Verne Campus Center
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA 91750

April 16-17, 2010:

Sheraton Fairplex Hotel
601 West McKinley Avenue
Pomona, California, United States 91768

Servicing Airports:

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Ontario International Airport (ONT)

For More Information, contact:

Alexis Thompson
Associate Dean of External Relations
(909) 460-2002

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Rebecca Knapp
(951) 801-8177