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On April 8th the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) convened a public consultation on the status of support for the rule of law around the world. Tasked by the Security Council to produce a report on "measuring the effectiveness of support to the rule of law," the Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, solicited public and expert advice about strategies the UN might adopt in order to generate meaningful measures of the impact of support to the rule of law. Todd Foglesong, an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and a Senior Research Associate in the Program of Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ), was invited to address the meeting and proposed the UN might "measure effectiveness" by first looking for other people’s successes, according to their own definitions of the rule of law. Foglesong's remarks on how the different ends of development might meet up in such an exercise can be read here.