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  • The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) legal department held a brainstorming session in Tunis on June 22, 2012, on the rule of law and the challenges it poses for economic development.  Professor Erik Jensen, Co-Director of the Centre for Research on the Rule of Law at Stanford University led the session, which was chaired by the AfDB’s legal counsel, Kalidou Gadio.

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  • For billions of rural people, land is their greatest asset: the source of food and water, the site of their livelihoods, and the locus of history, culture, and community. Yet governments in Africa have been granting vast land concessions to foreign and domestic investors for agro-industrial enterprises and forestry and mineral exploitation. According to recent data, transactions covering at...

  • Sean Martin McDonald, the Chief Executive Officer of FrontlineSMS, blogs on the challenges of bridging the gap between principles of access to legal services and the practicalities of its provision, noting that it will require more than new tools and approaches but rather a new perspective: the client. 

    Jun 21 2012

    Bridging the gap between the principles of access to legal...

  • The European Commission has adopted a set of concrete and practical measures that are to be implemented over the next five years, aimed at eradicating the trafficking of human beings. The strategy includes prevention, protection and support of the victims, as well as prosecution of the traffickers. It identifies five priorities and outlines a series of initiatives for each of them, such as:...

  • A growing number of women are getting involved in organised crime as participants, rather than victims. The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) analyses this surge in female gang membership and involvement in transnational organised crime, noting that, despite trends, we lack a gender-conscious approach to studying organised crime, failing to take account of how or why women become involved...

  • In USIP's Olive Branch series, Colette Rausch, director of the Rule of Law Center of Innovation, blogs about her participation in a conference in Yemen on transitional justice and on how best Yemen can address past abuses in a way that holds perpetrators accountable, compensates for past wrongs, prevents future abuses and promotes social healing and reconciliation.

  • Health care settings should be places where human rights are realized. Yet, across the world, health systems often serve as venues of punishment, coercion, and violations of basic human rights, sometimes amounting to torture or cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. This abuse is especially prevalent in the care of socially marginalized groups—people living with HIV, ethnic minorities,...

  • Listen to an audio clip of a seminar at the Institute for Security Studies which discusses some of the challenges and progress made by the International Criminal Court over the past 10 years, contemplating issues such as the court's lack of universal membership, controversial case referrals and its perceived focus on Africa.

  • USIP's Hamid Khan, senior program officer for the Rule of Law Center, discusses the challenges Afghanistan faces in instituting a formal system of justice. The blog, part of USIP's Olive Branch series, can be found below.

    June 12, 2012

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  • USIP's Jon Temin blogs about the verdict in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who was recently sentenced to 50 years in prison by the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The blog, a part of USIP's Olive Branch series, is below.

     

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