One need only open your newspaper or news app to read about countries – societies in formerly strong democratic nations – where the rule of law and democracy itself appear to be faltering.[1] Today, “the most common way for authoritarian regimes to emerge” in Western society “is by eating out democracy from within”.[2]  Advanced democratic…

What drives a successful legal organization today? Business-as-usual is no longer adequate for the challenges of the 21st century, particularly as our world navigates the devastating socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and public health crisis. There is a pervasive sense of anxiety cutting across the legal profession. However, purposeful, trustworthy legal leaders, lawyers and…

The International Criminal Court represents the aspiration to live in a world where perpetrators of the gravest war crimes and atrocities are not immune from prosecution.[1] The International Criminal Court is a deterrent and an important judicial institution in the prosecution and prevention of atrocity and war crimes, lifting the shroud of impunity to “influence…

Police misconduct, discrimination and brutality is not isolated to one country, but impacts Western society from the U.S. to Europe, the UK to Australia, and Canada to New Zealand. It is an international tragedy that is anything but a recent phenomenon, rooted in generations of injustice, economic inequality, and systemic racism.[1] Across the Western world…

Covid-19 spread around the world, sending billions of people into lockdown and social distancing as health services and the economy have struggled to cope. The pandemic has hit and reshaped companies, industries, and national economies. Across Western society economic inequality has widened, living standards have declined, and the American Dream has continued to free-fall. Traditional…

The Rule of Law is one of the ideals of democracy and Western society.[1] Historically it has been the great equalizer, the guarantor of a common set of rules and equality, fairness and dignity for all. However, legal scholars and commentators have recognized that rising economic inequality can undermine a well-functioning democracy and the rule…

We live in complex times that – although comprised of some controllable and predictable elements – is largely uncontrollable, unpredictable and evolving (emergent).[1] Like many other professions, the legal profession is facing increasingly urgent and intensifying trends and challenges that it has not encountered before. Professions have long been seen as a path for success:…

How is it that at a time of unprecedented focus on leadership and corporate culture — by regulatory authorities, Boards, stakeholders, leadership and management consultants, and a virtual flood of books, articles, degree programs, and big-budget training efforts — stunning organizational and leadership failures continue to take place at the highest levels in both the…

Until relatively recently, most people worked to 62 or 65, had a retirement party, collected their pensions, and headed off into the sunset.  Everyone in the office generally knew when to expect people to retire. Today the norms are blurring, particularly for professionals. In this new paradigm, I am constantly amazed to hear from successful…

Global warming and climate change is already here, striking countries across the world with increasing severity. It impacts every part of the globe, every community, every business, and every person. With decades of climate change denial, suppression, and – ultimately – climate policy failure both domestically and abroad, can we break the cycle?[1] The answer…