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Improving Judicial Systems - One Handshake at a Time

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 2:04 PM | Tim Horgan (Administrator)

Last week, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire had the honor of hosting judges and lawyers from ten different countries through the International Visitor Leadership Program. Coming from countries as diverse as Argentina and Sri Lanka, these visitors were selected by the U.S. Department of State to participate in this program focused on the how the U.S. judicial system works and how the country ensures respect for the rule of law. Across their five days in New Hampshire, the group had multiple opportunities to share best practices, learn about each others cultures, and build lasting relationships that can help shape the world. 

Throughout their professional program the group had the opportunity to meet with justices, lawyers, NGO leaders, and elected officials to take a deep dive into the functioning of State and Federal courts in NH. While all meetings were helpful in creating a broad understanding of the judiciary, the definite highlight was the opportunity for the group to speak with the five Supreme Court justices here in the state. 

"Having the chance to meet with all five justices in the NH Supreme Court is just something that does not happen anywhere else. It shows the value that WACNH brings to this program and that the people of NH do care about making the world a better place," said Anise Jasman Sayers, International Visitor Program Director.

Beyond the value of the wonderful meetings that these visitors attended, three New Hampshire families had the opportunity to host members of this group for an informal dinner in their homes. Karen Horsch, WACNH's newest host, had her first opportunity to host.

"Karen thinks that I have the greatest job in the world," commented Anise. "She loved meeting the visitors and having the opportunity to share a meal. It was the most unique experience she has ever had in New Hampshire."

While many of the visitors did not know where New Hampshire was on a map prior to their visit, they left with a strong sense of connection and thanks for the people of the state. As with all of these groups, this curated experience allowed WACNH to center itself at the forefront of global conversations and project the power of this work across borders.

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