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Africa: Adherence to Rule of Law in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa Measured

(Oct. 20, 2010) On October 14, 2010, the World Justice Project released its 2010 World Rule of Law Index report, a quantitative assessment of adherence to the rule of law in 35 jurisdictions around the world. The assessment is based on interviews conducted with 41,000 lay persons and 900 experts (Rule of Law Index, THE […]

Namibia: Namibian Laws Soon to Be Available Online

(July 23, 2010) It was reported on July 19, 2010, that Namibia has embarked on a comprehensive new undertaking, the E-Laws Project, to make all its laws available through a web interface which, upon completion, is expected to improve access to Namibian laws for legal practitioners and the general public (New Website Contains All Namibian […]

United Kingdom: New Coalition Government Publishes Policy Plans

(May 25, 2010) The United Kingdom's new coalition government, formed by the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrat Party after the May 2010 election resulted in a hung Parliament, has published its policy plans. These plans reference over 30 subject areas, including taxation, defense, immigration, national security, banking, and civil liberties. They contain a wide […]

Laos: Seven Laws Approved in Principle

(Apr. 7, 2010) At the Lao Government's last monthly meeting, held March 29-31, 2010, seven legal documents were approved in principle. The documents are designed to support the country's socio-economic development and efforts to strengthen rule of law. The meeting was held at the office of Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh. All the documents will be […]

Bulgaria; European Union; Romania: Reports on Legal System Progress

(Mar. 31, 2010) The European Commission (the executive body of the European Union) released on March 23, 2010, the sixth set of progress reports for Bulgaria and Romania on their entry into the EU, conducted under the Control and Verification Mechanism (CVM). The CVM was established as a means of verifying the two countries' progress […]

European Union: Lisbon Treaty and European Citizens’ Initiative

(Nov. 19, 2009) On November 11, 2009, the European Commission launched a public consultation process by adopting a Green Paper on a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). (Green Paper on a European Citizens' Initiative, COM(2009) 622/3, available at The ECI is a new right introduced through the Lisbon Treaty as a step to bridge the […]

Burundi; Rwanda: Possible Switch of Legal Tradition

(June 4, 2009) Rwanda/Burundi: Possible Switch of Legal Tradition It was reported on June 2, 2009, that as part of establishing an East African political federation, which will also include the rest of the East African Community (EAC) Member States – Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, whose legal systems are based on the common law tradition […]

Somalia: Sharia Law Declared Law of Land

(Apr. 27, 2009) It was reported on April 18, 2009, that the Somali Parliament had unanimously voted to make Sharia law the national law of Somalia. Osman Elmi Boqorre, deputy speaker of the Parliament. said: “343 parliamentarians attended the meeting and they all voted for the Sharia enforcement.” (Parliament Endorses Sharia, SHABELLE MEDIA NETWORK, Apr. […]

China: Shenzhen Document on Building Government Ruled by Law

(Apr. 14, 2009) On January 7, 2009, Shenzhen, in China's Guangdong Province, became the first city in China to issue an “Index System for the Building of Rule-of-Law Government.” The index is a detailed set of targets to achieve in different sectors of administration, ultimately against which the extent of the local government's achievement of […]

Somalia: Sharia Law

(Mar. 19, 2009) On March 10, 2009, members of the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) of Somalia approved a proposal for the introduction of Islamic law as the law of the land. Of the 36 members of the Council, 20 were present, and their endorsement was unanimous. Speaking about the importance of the step taken by […]