We have an ‘access to justice crisis’ in the U.S. and Canada that is fueled by a yawning ‘legal services gap’. While our legal systems provide “cadillac justice” for the wealthy and corporations able to afford and retain lawyers,[1] a substantial majority of American and Canadian citizens cannot afford to hire a lawyer and cannot…

There is a dangerous anger sweeping Western nations, and the tenor is shifting, becoming “less episodic and more persistent, a constant drumbeat in our lives” creating a fraying at the edges of our society.[1] This anger and frustration is directed at our public and economic institutions, and it is ripping apart our countries’ social fabric…

Across the geopolitical west, public trust and confidence in the institutions underpinning democracy is waning, whether the issue is unrepresentative electoral systems, a failing “rules-based order”, the chronic inability of governments to deliver their promises, or – particularly in the United States – politicized judges fundamentally basing their decisions on a pre-existing ideological determination rather…

In the grand scheme of things, civility is the glue that holds society together – it is the crucial foundation for a successful civil society.[1] A healthy society is dependent on the understanding that citizenship brings both rights and responsibilities, and the fundamental principles and norms of fairness, social and institutional co-operation, and civility where…

Climate change is accelerating the frequency of severe storms, floods, droughts and extreme heat events, to the point that the world is now living through climate change as opposed to watching it draw near.[1] Once-in-a-century heatwaves, storms, floods and fires now happen yearly, affecting every inhabited region across the globe. At this point at least 85…

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…

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…

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…

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…