The thesis of this chapter is that we cannot understand current problems in donor assisted rule of law initiatives - much less devise better approaches - without assisted rule of law initiatives - without understanding the institutional frameworks within which such initiatives are designed, funded and delivered. This seems like a self-evident claim, but since the 1990s donor-assisted rule of law projects worldwide have proceeded at such velocity that both participants and critics are struggling to stay apace of law reform of an historically unprecedented kind and quantity. In this chapter I examine a key component of how rule of law is currently organized - the project. I draw on U.S projects in which I have been involved, have observed or on which I am currently working, to illustrate some of the political, economic and professional institution features that are revealed in rule of law project transactions.
|Title of host publication
|Rule of Law Promotion: global perspectives, local applications
|Perg Bergling, Jenny Ederlof and Veronica L. Taylor
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2010