Rule of law aid development

One of our passions has been working with post-conflict and developing countries to engage in law reform efforts. We have worked in countries in the Pacific, South East Asia and South Asia on capacity development programs.

“Building capacity to support justice and democracy”

We know what challenging circumstances rule of law reform projects in these countries can entail. We know that the best and most successful efforts will result when the following principles are used as a guide:

  1. Ensure country participation and ownership – bespoke, local solutions work best.
  2. Use policy purpose as the “true north” for any regulatory framework project – have a clear elaboration of this purpose and use it wherever possible to garner support.
  3. Think long term, incremental and adaptable – flexible, tailored solutions are optimal, especially ones that recognise challenges will always arise and indicators of success may not always be visible within the timeframes originally envisaged.
  4. Each thing that is new will require a new thing – resourcing in any environment is always a challenge and if a policy development project makes many changes, or implements many new frameworks, new resources will be required. We understand the pressure this places on resources and can help find ways for resourcing needs to be carefully assessed and counter-balanced against reform needs.
  5. Consult, cooperate and coordinate – work with stakeholders, bring them on board early in the process. Consider their input. Work together. It may take more time, but the results will be worth it. Effective rule of law is too important to be jeopardised by using inexperienced legal drafters or taking short-cuts.

We have the delicate expertise to engage with politicians at all levels, civil servants, key stakeholders from all types of organisations and civil society. We have worked with large international donor organisations and will provide assistance in accordance with best practice aid development principles. In fact, we have written some of these best practices for such organisations!