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  • In recent years, within the rule of law community, there has been a backlash against an approach to justice reform that focuses solely on the formal justice system and written laws. While many organizations and practitioners agree in theory that they need to focus beyond the formal system and laws, the rule of law community has been slow to change its approach at the level of practice in...

  • Members are urged to visit one of INPROL’s new features: the Afghanistan Country Page. The aim of the country page is to provide members with detailed information – consolidated from a wide range of sources - on the state of rule of law in Afghanistan. This page will give INPROL members a basic understanding of Afghanistan, its people and culture, its economy, and its history, as well as...

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    Rule of law practitioners all over the world often find themselves assisting post-conflict and developing countries in building judicial integrity and judicial capacity. While everyone agrees that judicial integrity and judicial capacity are necessary elements in ensuring that the rule of law is realized, few know what works and what doesn’t work in terms of achieving these goals....

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    There has been much discussion in the rule of law community, and in organizations providing rule of law assistance, about the importance of monitoring and evaluation. Our community has, however, struggled to figure out how best to measure the rule of law, and equally as important, how to measure the impact of reform efforts in strengthening the rule of law.

    In July 2011, the...

  • Israel Butler of theOpen Society European Policy Instituteblogged on VOICES about the Justice Scoreboard and its effectiveness as a mechanism to enforce respect for the rule of law. In September, the Commission introduced a Justice Scoreboard to be an "effective mechanism … to enforce respect for the rule of law." It is designed to assess and compare the justice systems of the European Union (...

  • INPROL is pleased to announce three new INPROL partner organizations: the Strategic Police Matters Unit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe; the Institute for International Law and Human Rights; and the Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post Conflict Justice at William & Mary Law School.

    The OSCE Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU), based at the...

  • Many INPROL members working in conflict zones often deal with legal issues around civil wars, the use of force by armed groups, and protections of individuals caught in armed conflict. These are governed by International Humanitarian Law. For those working in countries with where Islamic Law is applied, the issues of International Humanitarian Law are even more complex. Dr. Niaz A. Shah, an...

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