Mitigating Administrative Barriers to Successful International Rule of Law Reform

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Encouraging adherence to the rule of law has become a standard response to the complicated problems surrounding governance, security, and economic health in the developing world—accompanied by significant appropriations to promote that adherence.

Although exact figures are difficult to ascertain, it is estimated that the U.S. Government alone spends hundreds of millions of dollars per year on rule of law promotion. Despite this robust level of funding, the rule of law profession has struggled to develop consistently effective interventions that can live up to policy expectations. Although research and innovations in project implementation are continually improving project function and outcome, most projects struggle to measure and maintain results. It is a universal challenge in the field, and therefore every step in the process of mandating, designing, procuring, implementing, and evaluating rule of law projects should be examined for areas that could be improved.

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