Public Safety and Rule of Law: Key Priorities for Improving Democracy, New Study Finds

Public safety and the rule of law are significant factors in improving democracy in many countries, according to a survey conducted in 24 nations. In middle-income countries like Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa, safety issues, such as reducing crime and supporting law enforcement, were particularly prominent. In Greece, Poland, and Kenya, concerns about the rule of law were ranked high among the changes needed for improving democracy. However, in most other countries, reforming the justice system itself was not seen as crucial. In Israel, judicial system reform was the top … Read more

University of Maryland Law Professor Maxwell L. Stearns Proposes Revolutionary Plan to Strengthen American Democracy

Baltimore, Maryland – Maxwell L. Stearns, the Venable, Baetjer & Howard Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, has proposed a radical solution to repair America’s broken democracy in his latest book, “Parliamentary America: The Least Radical Means of Radically Repairing Our Broken Democracy.” Drawing on his extensive research and travels to different democracies around the world, Stearns advocates for transforming the U.S. government into a parliamentary system. Stearns recently discussed his ideas at a Z√≥calo and Los Angeles Times event titled “Would Parliamentary America Have More Fun?” … Read more

Calling All Patriots: Sign Up to Be an Election Judge and Safeguard Democracy Today!

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – As the upcoming elections draw near, Cascade County is holding training sessions for election judges this week, providing an opportunity for individuals to contribute to the democratic process. Election judges play a vital role in ensuring the integrity and accessibility of elections, being responsible for the proper implementation of polling procedures on election day. Taking place at the Paddock Club in Montana ExpoPark, the training sessions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:30 to 5:00 and 5:30 to 8:00, with an additional session on Thursday from 2:30 to 5:00. … Read more

The Ancient Athenian Lesson: Law as the Guardian of Democracy in the Battle for American Politics

Austin, Texas – As the legal battle over former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to run for office again reaches the US Supreme Court, many are expressing concern over the increasing role courts play in determining the democratic process. However, one law professor argues that the history of law itself demonstrates that it is not in conflict with democracy, but rather a crucial safeguard against tyranny. Examining the ancient democracy of Athens, the law professor highlights the connection between law and democracy as laid down by its notable lawgivers – Draco, Solon, and Cleisthenes. The democratic … Read more