Professor Sarah Buel was presented with the Rule of Law Award from the American Bar Association at its annual meeting in San Francisco on August 11. Buel was honored for her significant volunteer work in China on women’s rights issues, particularly domestic violence and sexual harassment law reform, as a part of the Rule of Law Initiative. The Rule of Law Initiative is a public service project of the American Bar Association dedicated to promoting rule of law around the world.
“Sarah Buel has been a consistent force for good at home and abroad,” said Dean Larry Sager. “Sarah lives the ideals of the legal profession and the rule of law it serves. We are proud that she is a member of the UT School of Law community.”
Buel continues to work with Chinese law professors, judges, law students, and lawyers in drafting legislation, policy, courses, scholarship, and community-based initiatives. Buel noted, “I am honored to be part of this Initiative as it presents an exciting opportunity to help shape domestic violence law and practice at a critical time in China. UT Law students have also assisted in researching and writing proposed national protective order laws, as well as mapping the use of international human rights treaties to enforce women’s rights in China. I greatly look forward to continuing this partnership with our Chinese colleagues.”
Unites States Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer was a co-recipient of the award with Buel this year. Past recipients include Justice Anthony Kennedy and Václav Havel, former president of The Czech Republic.
ABA Rule of Law Initiative: http://www.abanet.org/rol/