Judge Timothy Lewis was the expert presenter at the second meeting of the U.S.-Russia Roundtable on Democracy and Human Rights, co-sponsored by The Office of the Ombudsman for Human Rights of the Russian Federation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The event was held in Moscow, Russia, February 13-14, 2008.
Judge Lewis delivered the opening statement on behalf of the U.S. delegation, which focused on the history of habeas corpus issues in the United States in the context of human rights. Bruce Merenstein was instrumental in drafting the statement Judge Lewis presented. The roundtable was established in 2007 to help foster a sustained, balanced non-governmental dialogue on democracy and human rights challenges facing both societies, including political freedom, the rule of law, independent media, and a vibrant civil society. It is an outgrowth of the G-8 Summit, during which U.S. President George W. Bush and Russia President Vladimir Putin appointed delegations that would represent their countries and meet periodically to provide a less formal channel for policy discussions and exchanges of ideas.