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Democracy in Crisis: A Report from the National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy

  • Skidmore College, Gannett Auditorium 815 North Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866 United States (map)

American democracy is under extreme stress. Our institutions are being tested, and faith in the system is wavering, in part because many of the well-established guidelines and principles needed for it to work are increasingly being violated. That is why the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law organized the National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy, a nonpartisan group of former public servants and policy experts who aim to revisit the accepted standards of political behavior and propose solutions for restoring public trust and confidence in government.

In this program, Martha Kinsella, an attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice, will review the reform proposals contained in the Task Force’s recently released report, Proposals for Reform, which lays out a vision for strengthening government ethics and the rule of law. The report includes common-sense proposals that would require presidents to adhere to long-standing transparency and ethics rules, create a stronger enforcement mechanism for ethical breaches in the executive branch, and increase transparency and accountability in White House communications with law enforcement agencies. Kinsella will provide details about these and other proposals, answer questions from the audience, and share updates on some of the Center’s other work to advance and protect democracy.

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