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  • February 21, 2014

    Why Imported Notions about Rights Can't Help Afghanistan's Women

    It feels like a slap in the face of humanity: a new Afghan draft law effectively legalising domestic violence against women and children. If it were a movie this bill, which will automatically become law later this month unless President Hamid Karzai refuses to ratify it, would be called "The Patriarch Returns". So are we to take it that this is the price of peace? That Afghan parliamentarians are with this and other measures paving the way for the Taliban to be brought back into the fold, repealing progressive laws to accommodate their views on women? After 10 years of war, was it naive of the west to assume that Afghan women would be "liberated" if the Taliban were gone and the burqas thrown off?

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  • February 21, 2014

    IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

    Bahrain: Bahrain announced the arrest of 29 people as anti-government protesters tried to converge in the capital to mark the third anniversary of the uprising in the nation.

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  • February 20, 2014

    Tunisia’s Constitution (and a View to Egypt)

    On Sunday, January 26, 2014, the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA) members celebrated the adoption of a new Tunisian Constitution – the second constitution in the modern state’s history. After weeks of heated debates, death threats, speeches, arguments, peaceful deliberations, and approval votes on each and every article, the entire document was approved by 200 of the 216 parliamentarians. President Mustafa Ben Jaafar celebrated, saying:

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  • February 19, 2014

    WJP BLOG: The Business Case for Human Rights

    Mounting evidence shows that businesses who embrace human rights outperform their less socially conscious rivals. A growing number of businesses have recognized this, and increasingly seek to become more conscious of human rights in their day to day activities. A recent World Justice Project blog post by Cherie Blair encourages businesses to move beyond paying lip service to corporate accountability or engaging in token philanthropy, and to incorporate human rights norms into the core of their operations.

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  • February 19, 2014

    Law & Order, Afghan Victims Unit

    For the past four years, Afghan television stations have been flooding the country’s airwaves with a steady stream of crime dramas and courtroom documentaries. Although produced by Afghans, the shows have been funded by foreign backers, including the European Commission, the United Nations, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Today, Afghan broadcasters air a total of six television series and four radio programs in heavy rotation, all with modest production values (think improvised fight scenes on Kabul street corners) that belie their serious purpose. In a country that has known at least three distinct legal systems in the last 20 years, where trust in government authorities remains weak, and where few are familiar with the regular routines of modern justice, the crime series provide twin benefits: offering up a valuable education in civil procedure and engendering popular expectations of equality before the law.

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  • February 19, 2014

    Extending Justice Beyond ICC Prosecutions

    Experts say formal legal processes alone are not enough to restore stability to post-conflict countries.

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  • February 18, 2014

    WORLD BANK BLOG: Rule of Law and Post-2015: A Menu Approach

    Inclusion of the rule of law among other global development aims in the post-2015 development agenda seems more and more certain. As consensus around a rule of law goal emerged, debate has increasingly focused on how the goal ought to be measured. Writing for the World Bank Nicholas Menzies points tout a related issue that has recieved surprisingly little attention  - how to include a rule of law goal in a way that accounts for differences between justice systems, promotes national ownership and respects state sovereignty. In response to this challenge Menzies suggests a "menu approach" to rule of law development goals.

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  • February 18, 2014

    High Tech Tools for the Human Rights Lawyer

    Ask a human rights lawyer about the toughest parts of the job and you’ll often hear similar answers. They’re overwhelmed with cases that can last for years. They’re working in multiple languages across different jurisdictions with different processes. And they’re contending with pressure and surveillance from the states and corporations they are litigating against.

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  • February 14, 2014

    Justice 2015: Appeal to the Member States of the United Nations

    Around the world, billions of people live without the full protection of the law. This statement, addressed to UN member states and endorsed by leading justice and development advocates and practitioners, sets out five measurable goals for access to justice which can strengthen efforts to eradicate extreme poverty:

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  • February 13, 2014

    IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

    Afghanistan: A new law passed by the Afghan parliament forbids women and children who have suffered certain forms of violence to testify against their attackers in court if the attacker is a relative.

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