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Government and law major Erich Struble ’05 (Mountain Top, Pa.) has received a Best Research Paper award from the Washington Semester Program at American University, where he studied last spring.

His paper, “Victors’ Justice or Victim’s Justice,” explores the issues that would be raised by the trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

David C. Brown, dean of the Washington Semester program, calls it “outstanding.”

“It was a pleasure to read and review Erich’s work for this award,” he adds.

Struble is campus coordinator of Democracy Matters, acting as official liaison between Lafayette’s chapter and the national organization as well as other Democracy Matters Chapters. The group informs and engages college students and communities in efforts to strengthen democracy in the United States. It has campus-based chapters throughout the country, focusing on the issue of private money in politics and other pro-democracy reforms.

“Democracy Matters in this way encourages the emergence of a new generation of reform-minded leaders,” Struble explains. “Essentially, my job is to work with the national organization, other chapters, and Lafayette’s chapter of Democracy Matters to inform students about money in politics and to ultimately harness their energy to strengthen our democracy — whether that means reforming the local, state, or federal political system.”

He also is a McKelvy Scholar, editor-in-chief and a founding member of the Kirby Journal of Law and Politics, and a member of Crew Club.

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