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The peril of imposing the rule of law: Lessons from Liberia.

Compton, Jonathan
June 4, 2015

Source: (2014) Minnesota Journal of International Law.23(1):47-78.

This article contends that the imposition of a Western
justice system has been a source of conflict in Liberia and has
not strengthened the rule of law.” In fact, imposition has been
the enemy of the rule of law. However, recent efforts to consider
the reasons and values behind the customary system, rather
than merely focusing on regulating or eliminating it, have
eased tensions and shown great potential for strengthening the
rule of law in Liberia. This provides important lessons for
future rule of law missions in other nations. (excerpt)


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