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Erik Jensen, JD

Professor of the Practice of Law at Stanford Law School and Co-director of the law school's Rule of Law Program; CDDRL Affiliated Faculty

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December 13th, 2013

Despite challenges, Stanford scholar builds legal program in Afghanistan

CDDRL in the news: The Stanford Daily on December 4, 2013

In a project led by CDDRL affiliated faculty member Erik Jensen, five textbooks were published to help establish a law school program at the American University of Afghanistan. The Stanford Daily highlights the continued optimism surrounding the Afghanistan Legal Education Project despite the many challenges it faces, including an impending U.S. draw down from the region. Read more »



October 7th, 2013

Scholars discuss research, possible collaboration on rule of law

FSI Stanford, CISAC News

The half-day workshop brought together 20 scholars associated with FSI and Stanford Law School who discussed their individual research and explored possibilities for collaboration. Read more »



May 1st, 2013

Stanford scholars: Lessons learned from the Afghanistan War

CISAC, FSI Stanford, CDDRL News

With the Taliban now open to peace talks, a political end to the war in Afghanistan appears in sight. A number of Stanford scholars have been closely involved with the war - as diplomats, soldiers, analysts and educators. In this video they discuss lessons learned from America's second-longest war and talk about what's next for Afghanistan. +VIDEO+
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April 30th, 2013

Stanford project strengthens legal education from Afghanistan to Rwanda

CDDRL, FSI Stanford in the news: The Chronicle of Higher Education on April 29, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP) in its current issue, an initiative led by CDDRL's Erik Jensen together with students from the Stanford Law School. Launched in 2007, ALEP began developing legal curricula for the American University of Afghanistan and has since expanded to Kurdish Iraq, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste. Read more »



January 14th, 2013

Stanford scholar explains Sri Lanka’s unfolding constitutional crisis

CDDRL in the news

In an interview with the World Politics Review, Erik Jensen comments on Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis following the impeachment of its chief justice on Jan. 13. Jensen, a senior research scholar at CDDRL, provides an overview of the circumstances surrounding the impeachment and post-war governance challenges facing the country. Read more »




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News around the web

As Chinese courts announce 'guiding cases,' Stanford Law School helps to spread the word
A Stanford website translates important rulings by the Supreme People's Court that serve as guides for lower courts, helping the vast country to move toward more consistent judicial decisions.
February 6, 2012 in Stanford University News

Shaping rule of law
Armed only with law textbooks, six Stanford law students and faculty advisor and senior research scholar Erik Jensen landed in Kabul, Afghanistan on Feb. 6 on a mission that would last six days. The group made up Stanford's Afghanistan Legal Education ...
March 9, 2011 in The Stanford Daily

Stanford team's law books help Afghan students
Seven thousand miles away, two students at Stanford University's law school thought they could help. Stanford law Professor Erik Jensen smiled as he ...
September 7, 2010 in San Francisco Chronicle

Teaching law in Afghanistan and other developing nations, Stanford Law School ...
"The textbooks aren't designed to just give all the right answers," said Erik Jensen, co-director of the Law School's Rule of Law Program and an adviser to ...
June 28, 2010 in Stanford University News