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Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 17, 2011


The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs will host a ceremony to announce the new leadership of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, Public Co-Chair and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas R. Nides and the Private Co-Chair Thomas J. Umberg, Partner, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLC. The ceremony will take place on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 11:15 a.m. in the Treaty Room at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. At the event, Deputy Secretary Nides and Mr. Umberg will deliver remarks.

The partnership was launched in December 2007 to bring together the Department of State and the U.S. legal community to work to advance the rule of law in Afghanistan. Over the past four years, the Public-Private Partnership has funded small-scale, high-impact projects promoting women’s rights, access to justice, legal aid, and professional development for the next generation of Afghan legal scholars. This year, the partnership plans to endow a Rule of Law Chair at Herat University in Afghanistan. The Rule of Law Chair will work to educate Afghan legal scholars on international legal standards and practices to advance development of a democratic and prosperous Afghan state based on the rule of law.

This event is open press coverage for all media.

Pre-set time for cameras: 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Access time for writers and stills: 10:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Final access time for all press: 10:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

Press Contacts: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Susan Pittman 202-647-2842
Barbara Silberstein 202-736-4144
Office of Press Relations 202-647-2492

PRN: 2011/1955

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