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  • The fact that most form of corruption occur in physical locations may seem both obvious and unimportant, but in fact there may be some promising ways to modify the physical settings for government-citizen interactions that would make various kinds of corruption less likely to occur (or easier to detect and remedy). In a post for the Global Anticorruption Blog, author Dieter Zinnbauer explains...

  • In a post for the World Bank Governance for Development Blog, author Nicholas Menzies argues that the focus on criminal justice in the proposed language for indicator 16.3 does not "respect the ambition of the target." Instead, he proposes the following indicator: “Proportion of those who have experienced a dispute in the past 12 months who have accessed a formal, informal, alternative or...

  • In a recent report on over-incarceration and overcrowding, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights argued that that custodial sentences should be imposed as measures of last resort and applied proportionately to meet a pressing societal need. Author Rob Allen recounts his recent trip to East Africa in a post for Penal Reform International, revealing that much more needs to be done if penal...

  • In an article published in Australian magazine "The Monthly," writer Phillip Gwynne recounts his experiences making a TV series in Myanmar to spread the message about the importance of the rule of law. By the time screenings finish – on every one of Myanmar’s free-to-air channels – millions of people will have seen The Sun, the Moon and the Truth. Free DVDs have been distributed to isolated...

  • The International Development Law Organization and Majority World have developed an international photography exhibition about justice, the rule of law, and sustainable development. The photographers featured have chosen not to shoot the spectacle of courtrooms or trials. From gender equality and indigenous rights to energy poverty and land tenure, "In Focus: Justice and the Post-2015 Agenda"...

  • An essay published in the Texas Law Review examines the influence of foreign legal actors on jurisdictions that are not their own. Authors Jayanth Krishnan, Vitor Dias, and Martin Hevia ask whether foreign legal actors can influence a domestic environment when that environment prohibits them from permanently working there, arguing that the forces of globalization can enable foreign legal...

  • A recent report published by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law looks at the availability and effectiveness across jurisdictions of legal aid for those charged with violent crimes and of redress mechanisms for victims of violence. The project included an international survey reporting practices across jurisdictions, including main obstacles and innovative examples of strategies that ensure...

  • A recent guidebook from GSDRC offers available facts and figures in the literature on 1) access to security and justice services; 2) poor people’s demands for security and justice, and; 3) victims of crime and violence. One example of the global statistics included in the report comes from the global My World survey, revealing that "out of nearly 8.5 million respondents, over 3 million people...

  • A recent article in African Affairs, “Does Organized Crime Exist in Africa” by the late Stephen Ellis, and Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime Director Dr. Mark Shaw, has just been made free for download.  The authors argue that the term “organized crime” is not a very useful description of the activity of professional criminals and organizations in Africa, since what...

  • A new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, "The Governance Practitioner's Notebook: Alternative Ideas and Approaches" focuses on three issues: politics, public sector reform and stakeholder engagement. It charts the evolution of governance thinking on major themes, and highlights the challenges and dilemmas practitioners currently face. It does not attempt to...

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