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NAGTRI International Fellows Program Articles
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder with 2013 International Fellows
Each year, the NAGTRI International Fellows Program provides a forum for elite government attorneys from around the world to learn from each other, explore common issues, and establish an international network for the mutual benefit of their respective offices. Past programs included participants from Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States.
This challenging and demanding program requires full engagement in the materials, research and discussion with a class project as the ultimate goal. The 2014 focus of the program will be the rule of law. Fellows are not expected to be experts in this area or to have experience with the issue in the course of their duties. Rather, the topic serves as a vehicle for the class to analyze an issue with fresh and unique perspectives.
Fellows work in groups to produce articles on each year's theme. Here is a collection of past articles produced by the group.
These articles were developed by the attorneys who participated in the June 2013 National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) International Fellows Program.
- A Multinational Group's Collaborative Approach: A solid framework for comprehensive cybersecurity is arguably the greatest necessity of the 21st century. The increase in debilitating cyberspace attacks is a battlefield rife with national security risks and law enforcement and intelligence challenges, requiring creative approaches in order to safeguard the world's most valuable commodity - information.
- Balancing Our Needs for Privacy and Security in the Digital Age: Protecting privacy and ensuring security in the digital age is a delicate balancing act -- one that requires the cooperation of citizens, industry and government.
- Cybercrimes Involving Children: The Internet is undeniably a tool providing multiple benefits as well as dangers to children. Governments, educators and parents should continue to work together to educate children and provide an environment in which they may use the Internet responsibly and safely.
These articles were developed by the attorneys who participated in the June 2012 National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) International Fellows Program.
- Addressing Legislative Corruption: This group was assigned to focus on corruption among elected and senior appointed officials. They were asked to discuss various ways in which elected officials and government employees can be influenced to commit acts of corruption as well as possible solutions to this problem.
- Corruption by Public Officials: This group was assigned to focus on legislative corruption and methodologies to address it. In their research the group focused on the role of campaign corruption and party politics in political corruption, and motivators for corrupt behavior by legislators. They also discussed best practices for promoting honesty and integrity among legislators and tools for improving the discovery and prosecution of legislative corruption.
- Law Enforcement Corruption: This group was assigned to focus on police corruption and methodologies to address it. They looked at the opportunities for graft and corruption, its effect on a community, and the motivators.
- Corporate Corruption: This group was assigned to focus on corporate corruption. They were asked to discuss various ways in which corporations commit corrupt acts as well as possible solutions to this problem.
These articles are the work of attorneys who participated in the June 2011 National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) International Fellows Program. Human trafficking was also the focus of NAAG President and Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna’s 2011-2012 presidential initiative.
- Enforcement and Training: This group, with representatives from Bosnia, Canada, Israel, the Russian Federation, and the United States, was asked to discuss enforcement and implementation of human trafficking laws and training for prosecutors and law enforcement.
- Cross Border Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Cooperation:In this article, fellows from Mexico, United States, Canada, and Czech Republic discussed cross-border law enforcement and prosecutor cooperation, looking at how countries might cooperate with one another to combat human trafficking. Would this best be approached on a regional basis? Or would this be better handled on a bi-national basis?
- Best Practices in Law: In this article, fellows from Bosnia, Iraq, Taiwan, and the United States discussed model laws and best practices for tackling human trafficking. They were asked to start their discussion by reviewing the United Nations’ (UN) model law, noting that there was no expectation for them to come up with language for a model law.
- Value of Non-Governmental Organizations in Countering Human Trafficking:In this article, Fellows from Bosnia, Iraq, Ukraine, and the United States analyzed the value of non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) participation in countering human trafficking. Issues the fellows considered included: How important is NGO participation in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking crime? How can government encourage participation by NGOs when there is a feeling of distrust?