Guatemala: Assessing Rule of Law Reform

In October 2017, NCSC was pleased to join a team led by the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) to conduct a rule of law and justice sector assessment mission in Guatemala. The eight-member ILAC team conducted a comprehensive investigation of ongoing efforts to strengthen the rule of law in Guatemala to provide a reliable roadmap for future reforms.

ILAC’s mission comes at a critical moment in Guatemala’s history, when corruption and impunity continue to pose serious challenges despite sustained efforts to reform the justice system. The ILAC Assessment team examined the role and capacity of courts and prosecutorial services, as well as several thematic issues facing the justice sector in Guatemala today, including corruption and impunity, land conflicts and criminalization of protest, discrimination and violence against women. 

The ILAC team was comprised of experts including ILAC members representing the International Association of Women Judges, the International Association of Prosecutors, the Law Society of England and Wales, and the American Bar Association, among others. NCSC was represented by Dr. Luis Maria Palma, NCSC Advisor and Vice President of the Latin America chapter of the International Association for Court Administration. Dr. Palma serves as Director of the Center for Judicial Studies of the University of Buenos Aires and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Belgrano. 

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