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Legal Aid Moves from Donor to Public Financing in Timor-Leste

March 31, 2010

Last week, Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Justice released an initial draft law on state financial legal assistance, signaling a bold new initiative for the government. The law outlines a mechanism through which private lawyers can be paid by the state for their legal services in a court process, either criminal or civil, when representing clients unable […]

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Timor-Leste: Rule of Law, or Only Rule?

February 3, 2010

News stories have told the stories of thousands of Timorese people who suffered greatly during the 24-year fight for independence from Indonesia. However, perhaps a less told story is that many Timorese were also arbitrarily detained during that period, a violation of the principle of rule of law as stated in the constitution. On Aug. […]

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From Laos: Legal Lessons from Tsunami Survivors

May 7, 2008

Lao citizens have a limited understanding of laws, citizen rights, the legal system, and the role of lawyers in their country, especially in remote areas and among ethnic populations. With a total of only about 70 laws currently on the books, the Lao government has given increased attention to improving the rule of law. In […]

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From Timor-Leste: Citizens Finally Able to Read Laws in Own Language

January 16, 2008

The newly independent nation of Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) faces daunting challenges in implementing the rule of law. Until recently, most efforts have focused on the important “hardware” of the justice system: training judges and prosecutors, establishing courts, and adopting laws. With insights gained from five years of independence and the security crisis of 2006 […]

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From Laos: Legal Aid on Wheels

December 19, 2007

In recent years, the Lao government has given increased attention to improving the rule of law. Yet the public still has a limited understanding of existing laws, citizen rights, the legal system, and the role of lawyers. This is especially true in remote areas of the country and among ethnic community populations where there is […]

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From Thailand: Legal Aid for Tsunami Survivors

March 28, 2007

In March 2006, the Foundation established the Tsunami Legal Aid and Rights Referral Center (T-LAC) in Krabi Province to provide legal services to the poor and vulnerable survivors of the December 2004 tsunami. T-LAC offers a range of services, including free consultation on rights and legal issues; the covering of administrative costs related to legal […]

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