Promoting the Rule of Law: A Practitioner’s Guide to Key Issues and Development, Lelia Mooney, Editor

Vol. 43 No. 1

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Renee Dopplick is a senior policy analyst with ACM in Washington, D.C. She is co-chair of SIL’s International Energy and Natural Resources Committee and liaison to the World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development, of which SIL is a founding and intellectual partner.

This outstanding handbook provides a wealth of practical information, advice, and guidance for rule of law professionals seeking challenging, exciting, and rewarding projects. Its expert authors provide perspectives on how to approach and respond to evolving and emerging issues. As the authors’ experiences, research, and reflections illustrate, success in this field depends largely on effective, appropriate implementation and approaches. Promoting the Rule of Law: A Practitioner’s Guide to Key Issues and Development is a must read for the rule of law practitioner who needs to be equipped with conceptual underpinnings, advances in best practices, and important methodologies.

The first part summarizes and critically reflects upon where we have been and what we can avoid or improve on in the future. The second part addresses the intersection of the rule of law, international law, and economic development and investment. It gives life to lessons learned from authors whose experiences have paved the way for overcoming such common flaws and misconceptions as erroneously focusing mainly on short-term benchmarks, marginalizing private international law, and disregarding local circumstances and needs.

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