Publication Summaries

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November 2017
REGION: Western Hemisphere
Human Rights Watch
Formal Justice Sector Institutions Understanding Local Context
Running out the Clock: How Guatemala’s Courts Could Doom the Fight against Impunity, produced by Human Rights Watch, describes how unjustifiable delays in judicial proceedings are undermining progress in Guatemala’s…
November 2017
REGION: East Asia and the Pacific
American Journal of Primatology
Corruption Environment Understanding Local Context
In the commentary, Orangutan Trade, Confiscations, and Lack of Prosecutions in Indonesia, Vincent Nijman argues that a weak rule of law, specifically manifested in low rates of prosecutions and lenient…
October 2017
REGION: Middle East and North Africa
Sarah Yerkes and Marwan Muasher
Conflict and Transition Corruption
In Tunisia’s Corruption Contagion: A Transition at Risk, authors Sarah Yerkes and Marwan Muasher detail Tunisia’s struggle to fight corruption since the 2011 revolution. Prior to 2011, corruption in Tunisia…
October 2017
REGION: Europe and Eurasia
Human Rights Watch
Corruption Vulnerable Populations
In "In Custody: Police Torture and Abductions in Turkey," Human Rights Watch (HRW) examines torture of detainees in the custody of Turkish police, as well as enforced disappearances of civilians…
2017
REGION: East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Hemisphere
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Asia Pacific Group
Corruption Environment General Rule of Law Rule of Law Programming Understanding Local Context
In “Enhancing the Detection, Investigation and Disruption of Illicit Financial Flows from Wildlife Crime,” the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports the results of a research project…
June 23, 2017
REGION: South Asia
United Nations Human Rights Council
Conflict and Transition Formal Justice Sector Institutions Understanding Local Context Vulnerable Populations
The report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on her mission to Sri Lanka, released in June 2017, outlines the country’s political context and justice…
2017
REGION: Western Hemisphere
Sarah Chayes
Corruption Formal Justice Sector Institutions Understanding Local Context Vulnerable Populations
In “When Corruption Is the Operating System: The Case of Honduras,” author Sarah Chayes paints a detailed picture of Honduras’s struggle with a corruption apparatus that has infiltrated some of…
2017
REGION: Central Asia
Amnesty International
Formal Justice Sector Institutions Understanding Local Context Vulnerable Populations
Amnesty International’s (AI) “In the Line of Duty: Harassment, Prosecution and Imprisonment of Lawyers in Tajikistan” details recent harassment, detention, and prosecution of lawyers involved in politically sensitive cases in…
April 21, 2017
REGION: Sub-Saharan Africa
Rule of Law Collaborative
Conflict and Transition Corruption Formal Justice Sector Institutions Rule of Law Programming Understanding Local Context Vulnerable Populations
View the Full Report Sub-Saharan Africa (“the region”) is the youngest region in the world, and its youth population is growing rapidly. A common narrative depicts Africa’s youth as a…
April 2017
REGION: Global
Laura Goodwin and Vivek Maru
Formal Justice Sector Institutions General Rule of Law Rule of Law Programming Vulnerable Populations
In “What Do We Know about Legal Empowerment? Mapping the Evidence,” Laura Goodwin and Vivek Maru provide an overview of existing knowledge regarding the effects of civil society-led legal empowerment…
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Complex Vulnerability and Access to Justice for Former Refugee Populations: The Case of the Somali Zigula in Tanzania

East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, South Asia
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Western Hemisphere
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Western Hemisphere
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