Congratulations to Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the 9th Circuit, who has been named chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on International Judicial Relations by Chief Justice Roberts. It is a three-year term, and Judge O’Scannlain is a terrific choice to chair it. The 9th Circuit announcement notes that the Committee was
formed in 1993 to respond to increasing demand from newly emerging democracies and developing countries for information about judicial independence, legal traditions and effective court administration in the United States. Assisted by staff of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington, D.C., the committee is currently involved in activities in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Basin, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe, and Eurasia … the Committee on International Judicial Relations works with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Justice, the World Bank, the Federal Judicial Center, other committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and various non-governmental organizations.