Cambodia: Building a Legal System from Scratch
International Lawyer, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 445-454, 1993
10 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2008
Date Written: September 4, 2008
This article presents an approach to the challenge of rebuilding the Cambodian legal system. It surveys Cambodia's legal history, its sparse collection of legislation, and its system for the administration of justice, including the court system and the official state and unofficial conciliation processes. In concludes that rebuilding Cambodia's legal system will require: a set of laws capable of directing the country through its transition to liberal democracy; knowledgeable and honest judges, prosecutors, and private lawyers capable of creating and administering a functioning system of justice; and, perhaps most importantly, the development of a legal culture that views state legal institutions as legitimate and appropriate forums for dispute resolution. The article finds no clear answer to the question of whether these prerequisites can in fact be met.
Keywords: Cambodia, rule of law, comparative law, conciliation, dispute resolution
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