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Rule Of Law Reform And Development

Charting the Fragile Path of Progress

Michael J. Trebilcock , Ronald J. Daniels

Michael J. Trebilcock, Professor of Law and Economics, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada and Ronald J. Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University, US

2008 384 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 754 8
2009 Paperback 978 1 84844 710 3
ebook isbn 978 1 84844 297 9

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Paperback £38.00 on-line price £30.40


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‘Rule of Law Reform and Development stands out as an important contribution. Michael Trebilcock and Ronald Daniels have produced an ambitious, comprehensive, and persuasive book that will be of interest to both rule of law practitioners and academics. . . the book’s overall strengths as a near-encyclopaedic appraisal of law and development will ensure its standing as a key resource for this still rapidly evolving field.’
– Irina Ceric, Canadian Journal of Law and Society


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This important book addresses a number of key issues regarding the relationship between the rule of law and development. It presents a deep and insightful inquiry into the current orthodoxy that the rule of law is the panacea for the world’s problems. The authors chart the precarious progress of law reforms both in overall terms and in specific policy areas such as the judiciary, the police, tax administration and access to justice, among others. They accept that the rule of law is necessarily tied to the success of development, although they propose a set of procedural values to enlighten this institutional approach. The authors also recognize that states face difficulties in implementing this institutional structures and identify the probable impediments, before proposing a rethink of law reform strategies and offering some conclusions about the role of the international community in the rule of law reform.

Reviewing the progress in the rule of law reform in developing countries, specifically four regions – Latin America, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia – this book makes a significant contribution to the literature. It will be of great interest to scholars and advanced students, as well as practitioners in the field, including international and bilateral aid agencies working on rule of law reform projects, and international and regional non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that focus on rule of law reform as a major aspect of their mandate.

Full table of contents

Contents: 1. The Relationship of the Rule of Law to Development 2. The Judiciary 3. Police 4. Prosecution 5. Correctional Institutions 6. Tax Administration 7. Access to Justice 8. Legal Education 9. Professional Regulation 10. Rethinking Rule of Law Reform Strategies Index

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