Geoffrey Swenson


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

December 7, 2011


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.


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

August 24, 2011


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…


Asia’s Newest State Builds Legal Education, Expertise

March 30, 2011


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…


In the Shadow of the Himalayas: Nepal Faces Climate Change

December 2, 2009


The Himalaya mountain range is warming at a rate three times faster than the rest of the planet, and the impact of this crisis is reverberating throughout Nepal. Snowcaps are receding, new lakes are making traditional animal herding routes impassable, landslides are becoming more frequent, and insects that previously were unable to live in the high… Read more