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The Filipino Child is Not Dispensable

December 5, 2012

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This week, the Senate prepares to vote on House Bill No. 6052 which will lower the age of criminal liability in the nation from 15 to 12 years old. With the absence of a juvenile justice system, this means that children in conflict with the law…

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Study Abroad Programs: A ‘Sure Thing’ for Development in Indonesia

December 7, 2011

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Having worked with Indonesia’s higher education sector since 2000, I have come to believe that studying abroad is as close as one may come to a “sure thing” in Indonesian developmental assistance. Indonesian students and professors studying abroad are exposed to new educational techniques and knowledge…

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Stanford, Asia Foundation Launch First Text to Focus on Laws of Timor-Leste

December 7, 2011

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Law has little meaning when it is not widely understood. Concepts like “conflict of interest” or “integrity” are used repeatedly in theories and explanations of law, but they are not self-explanatory. Perhaps nowhere is this more the case than in Timor-Leste, where rule of law is in the early stages of institutionalization and not well-understood by most citizens.

 

Community Mediation in Nepal

October 26, 2011

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In this new video, Nepal Country Representative George Varughese describes The Asia Foundation’s approach to community mediation in Nepal, and includes footage of mediators and disputants engaged in an actual mediation session…

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Bringing Legal Aid to the Poor in Laos

September 28, 2011

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During my recent visit to Laos, I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of newspaper headlines proclaiming the country’s economic success stories. Firm phrases such as “World Bank predicts Lao economic growth at 8.6 percent,” “Vietnam & Laos boost rubber cooperation,” and “New Laos airline preparing for takeoff,” stood out at stands…

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Timor-Leste’s Legal Aid Lawyers Offer Vital Voice on Draft Legal Aid Law

August 24, 2011

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Last month, Timor-Leste took a commendable step toward institutionalizing free legal assistance for its citizens who cannot afford it. Although the exact shape of legal assistance for the disadvantaged here remains uncertain…

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Timor-Leste’s Legal Aid Organizations Face Uncertain Future

June 15, 2011

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In Timor-Leste’s nascent formal justice sector, legal aid organizations play a key role in ensuring access to justice for the country’s most disadvantaged citizens. Located in remote corners of the country, legal aid organizations work in isolated communities that are still out of the reach of the formal justice sector.

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Asia’s Newest State Builds Legal Education, Expertise

March 30, 2011

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Legal professionals are indispensable for the rule of law; they draft laws, shape government policy, ensure compliance with legitimate rules and regulations, and inculcate respect for individual rights. Education dramatically affects a lawyer’s performance…

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Shaping Rule of Law in Afghanistan

March 16, 2011

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Armed only with law textbooks, six Stanford law students and faculty advisor and senior research scholar Erik Jensen landed in Kabul, Afghanistan on Feb. 6 on a mission that would last six days. The group made up Stanford’s Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP)…

 

Rule of Law and Peace-Building: A Modest Proposal

June 25, 2010

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In the larger debate about the relationship of development assistance to security, the gap between normative assertions and empirical evidence yawns. Since the 1990s, the concept of “rule of law” has been enthusiastically embraced by international development actors and touted as the key to consolidating peace in post-conflict societies. Rhetorical… Read more

 

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

March 31, 2010

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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 unabl… Read more

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

February 3, 2010

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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. 30, 1999, 78… Read more

 

From Laos: Legal Lessons from Tsunami Survivors

May 7, 2008

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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 response, The Asia Founda… Read more

 

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

January 16, 2008

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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 th… Read more

 

From Laos: Legal Aid on Wheels

December 19, 2007

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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 very little awarene… Read more

 

From Thailand: Legal Aid for Tsunami Survivors

March 28, 2007

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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 le… Read more