She is also assisting judges and attorneys in forming working committees to develop rules and standards concerning Electronic Discovery and Mediation.
“My journey as a Fulbrighter enhances my ability to meet lots of new friends and cultures, and it helps you see the differences and similarities,” Duffy-Lewis said. “The one similarity that people globally want is justice and transparency in justice. Also, there’s recognition that justice is impacted greatly by community standards and culture. But as business becomes global, a more standard and transparent view of justice is likely required.”
Her presence there is to encourage the conversation and look for minimum standards to be developed that encourage business and enterprise, Duffy-Lewis said.
“My journey as a Fulbrighter, working with the court system in Bulgaria, has been enhanced greatly by my colleagues in justice, the many judges I have met and continue to work with,” she said. “The Bulgarian judges have become my partners in justice. It’s not me doing it. I’m a catalyst. The judges are the ones who work out the issues and propagate rules and policies that work for them and their community."
“Transparency in the justice system is especially important for the public. Confidence in the outcomes of disputes at the courthouse will encourage respect for the judiciary and encourage business, and is essential to a civil society.”
The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term, collaborative two- to six-week projects at eligible institutions in more than 140 countries worldwide. Shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue projects that work best with their current academic or professional commitments. International
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