Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA)
Who we are
CAROLA is the premier center for the study of Latin American law and policy at Georgetown University. At CAROLA, we are committed to the study and promotion of the “rule of law” because of law’s potential to improve the lives of people by creating better market, government and social institutions. However, both the substance of the “rule of law” concept and the ability to replicate it in societies remain elusive. As a result, at CAROLA we have set out to provide a platform for critical, independent analysis of existing institutions, generate an informed policy debate about both substantive law and legal systems, and recommend empirically based, practical reforms that have the potential of improving the lives of individuals, particularly those traditionally marginalized.
Other centers assume Latin America mostly as recipient of reforms. At CAROLA, we want to also focus on local innovations and experiments in Latin America, and consider how they might offer lessons to peer countries and to the United States. We seek to promote a transnational debate that looks critically not only at Latin American institutions but also at those in the United States, so that we can learn from broad-based experience throughout the Americas.