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Loyola Receives $1.3 Million Grant from US Department of State to Support Partnership with African Union
Grant Will Fund Student Scholarships and Training to Advance Rule of Law in Africa

CHICAGO, November 20, 2014 – Loyola University Chicago has received a $1.3 million grant from the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to support its recent milestone partnership agreement with the African Union. Under the terms set in the Memorandum of Understanding between Loyola and the African Union that was signed in Washington, DC, last month, the partnership will assist the African Union and African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in strengthening governance and the rule of law to ensure peace and stability in Africa.

The INL grant will provide financing over three years to support 15 student scholarships for selected staff and employees of the AU and RECs to enroll in Loyola’s unique Master of Laws in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) program.

Launched in 2011, the one-year, LLM degree program offered at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy, provides a practice-oriented program of study aimed at graduating rule of law professionals who are working to advance social justice and effective governance in their own countries and across the globe. The graduates of the first three PROLAW cohorts are currently working in 36 countries.

“We are extremely grateful to the US Department of State for the generous support of this exciting initiative with the AU to establish and strengthen a coalition of rule of law and governance professionals dedicated to improving the rule of law in Africa and around the world,” said David Yellen, dean of the School of Law at Loyola University Chicago.

Upon graduation from Loyola’s PROLAW program, participating AU and REC staffers and their close advisors will return to their respective organizations and countries to assume the task of strengthening governance and the rule of law. The $1.3 million grant will also fund complimentary seminars and workshops that Loyola will organize at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to bring aspects of the PROLAW program to a wider AU audience. The program of cooperation will bring globally gleaned lessons learned on promoting governance and the rule of law to more than 100 AU and REC professionals over the next three years.

“This initiative will enable young African men and women to build an army of professionals who understand what the African Union stands for and build the vision of African integration,” said Professor Vincent Nmehielle, AU legal counsel and director of legal affairs.

For more information on PROLAW, Loyola’s LLM in Rule of Law for Development, visit LUC.edu/PROLAW.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. More than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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