Comprehensive Legal and Judicial Development: Toward an Agenda for a Just and Equitable Society in the 21st Century
Rudolf V. Van Puymbroeck
World Bank Publications, Jan 1, 2001 - Law - 447 pages
This book presents a selection of papers presented at a multi-disciplinary, global symposium on legal and judicial development. It focuses on the elements for a successful legal and judicial system. It also outlines the alternatives that exist for holding governments accountable and existing informal mechanisms for dispute resolution and contract enforcement. Among other issues, this book evaluates whether laws and institutions can give voice to the poor.
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Page 242 - The independence of the judiciary shall be guaranteed by the State and enshrined in the Constitution or the law of the country. It is the duty of all governmental and other institutions to respect and observe the independence of the judiciary.
Page 186 - A treaty is void if, at the time of its conclusion, it conflicts with a peremptory norm of general International law. For the purposes of the present Convention, a peremptory norm of general international law is a norm accepted and recognized by the international community of States as a whole as a norm from which no derogation is permitted and which can be modified only by a subsequent norm of general international law having the same character.
Page 243 - Lawyers like other citizens are entitled to freedom of expression, belief, association and assembly. In particular, they shall have the right to take part in public discussion of matters concerning the law, the administration of justice and the promotion and protection of human rights and to join or form local, national or international organizations and attend their meetings, without suffering professional...
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Page 239 - As a matter of constitutional tradition, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we presume that governmental regulation of the content of speech is more likely to interfere with the free exchange of ideas than to encourage it.
Page 241 - Persons selected for judicial office shall be individuals of integrity and ability with appropriate training or qualifications in law. Any method of judicial selection shall safeguard against judicial appointments for improper motives.
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