Justice Rising Blog Archives: November, 2012

Foreign Bribery Fines Should Go to Global Legal Empowerment, Not Domestic Coffers

Margaux Hall and Vivek Maru | 11/30/2012

In the last three years, fines for violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) – under which corporations with ties to the US face criminal penalties for paying bribes to foreign...

The Dark Side of Economic Growth

Leo Schlesinger | 11/30/2012

Economic growth is a recent historical phenomenon. In 1776 when Adam Smith published “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” 75% of humanity lived on less than a dollar a day...

Data as a United Nations Rule of Law Programming Tool: Progress and Ongoing Challenges

Jim Parsons and Monica Thornton | 11/26/2012

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the demand from donors to demonstrate the impact of United Nations (UN) initiatives across all sectors, including rule of law programming. The...

The Rule of Law Measurement Revolution

Juan Carlos Botero, Alejandro Ponce, Joel Martinez, Christine Pratt | 11/25/2012

A measurement revolution has taken place in the fields of governance, justice, and the rule of law. Not only have the quality and amount of available data exponentially increased in the past two...

Africa's 'Last Colony'

Bethany L. McGann | 11/25/2012

"Morocco’s forceful attempt to annex Western Sahara constitutes one of the most egregious violations of the international order codified in the wake of World War Two. The United Nations was founded...

Receding Fear Among Saudi Women

Ali Alyami | 11/20/2012

Saudi women are taking charge in promoting religious, political, social, economic and educational change in their economically, religiously and strategically influential country.  As they become...

Why the Rule of Law Matters

Alistair Price | 11/19/2012

It is difficult to drum up widespread, grassroots political support for the rule of law.  In the eyes of many people, the rule of law does not put food on the table.  Worse still, the law...

State of the World’s Mothers Report- Where’s the Parallel Report on Fathers?

Irit Rosenblum | 11/19/2012

‘The root of the problem is that instead of fighting for economic equality, women became satisfied by compliments on the effectiveness and vitality of the juggling act’.  Save the Children...

Vigilantism: The Last Resort of the Unprotected

Paul Hoffman | 11/19/2012

The press reports concerning the re-emergence of vigilantism in the form of Cape Flats kangaroo courts, some involving children too, suggest that it is time to consider some of the causes of...

Common Ground: The Rule of Law and Land Rights*

Robert M. Buergenthal | 11/15/2012

The international development community has long been dedicated to strengthening the “rule of law.” And with good reason. It is generally accepted that unless people are equal before the law and...

Rising Innovators: Courage, Creativity, and a strong taste for Justice

Bethany L. McGann | 11/13/2012

Malala Yousafzai was named after “Malala of Maiwand,” a fabled Pashtun poet and warrior woman: fitting for a child who began writing of her life under the Taliban for the BBC at the age of 11.

Time to Integrate Traditional and Formal Justice

Olav Kjørven | 11/13/2012

In some developing countries, informal or traditional justice systems resolve up to 80 percent of disputes, over everything from cattle to contracts, dowries to divorce. Disproportionately, these...

The Future we Want Needs Legal Empowerment and Justice

Magdy Martinez | 11/13/2012

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been successful on many levels. They could be understood by all. They could be implemented universally. They have become the development horizon...

Adjudicating Election Disputes: Seven Global Standards

Chad Vickery and Erica Shein | 11/06/2012

As the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index® illustrates, a country’s adherence to international standards for the rule of law depends on both written laws and actual compliance. Governments...

Adolescents and the Rule of Law

Farzana Kashfi | 11/02/2012

SoFEA stands for Social and Financial Empowerment of Adolescents. The word means ‘Wisdom’ in Persian. The project symbolizes its namesake by enhancing knowledge level of vulnerable adolescent girls...