Law and Justice
People across Asia face systemic challenges in resolving their disputes, enforcing their rights, and accessing benefits to which they are legally entitled. Our law programs support Asian efforts to protect the legal rights of vulnerable groups, strengthen dispute resolution processes, and reform dysfunctional laws, policies, institutions, and practices.
Bringing legal advice and representation to Lao citizens
Rule of law is still nascent in Laos. Where legal frameworks or policies exist, Laos lacks effective mechanisms to implement such laws; and there is low awareness of many laws and rights among citizens. The Asia Foundation promotes greater understanding of and access to justice, focusing in particular on legal aid and village mediation in order to ensure that rural and disadvantaged populations are served by the justice system. Working with the Lao Bar Association and Ministry of Justice, we have contributed to building the capacity of the legal profession and empowering citizens to access legal information and rights. The Asia Foundation also supports the National Assembly in their role of monitoring government officials’ adherence to the rule of law.
LAW AND JUSTICE NEWS
Thai Forensic Science 101
To strengthen criminal justice administration and improve access to justice in Thailand, we helped train more than 100 public prosecutors, forensic police, and other criminal justice officials, and over 200 human rights lawyers. We also supported the reform of laws and regulations governing forensic investigation and produced an acclaimed set of animated films on forensic investigation and evidence that have been adopted as teaching resources by the Office of the Attorney General and the Royal Thai Police.
THE LATEST ACROSS ASIA
The Power of the Political Voice: Women as Voters, Candidates and Activists
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Better Legal Education Key to Strengthening Rule of Law in Afghanistan
February 22, 2017
Asia Foundation Releases Paper: Online Platforms as Drivers of Inclusive Growth
February 20, 2017
The Asia Foundation Names Thomas Parks Country Representative in Thailand
February 16, 2017
Asia Foundation Appoints Kim McQuay Managing Director of New Program Specialists Group
February 16, 2017
The Provision of Public Goods and Services in Urban Areas in Myanmar
February 15, 2017
Asian Views on America's Role in Asia
Recommendations for the Incoming U.S. President on Policy Towards Asia