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“No One Should Be Beyond the Law”: A Survey of Progress in Building the Rule of Law in Afghanistan

Report | November 21, 2019

“No one, even the President, should be beyond the law” – Head Judge, Primary Court

With years of efforts and billions of dollars expended to rebuild Afghanistan’s justice system, this report is an initial attempt to indicate what has changed and how foreign assistance has helped. The aim is to provide an objective assessment of progress and problems in advancing the rule of law in Afghanistan in the past decade, and in particular efforts of the Justice Sector Support Program, promoting the rule of law supported by the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL). This report also examines the issues raised in a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which found insufficient evaluation and evidence of progress of the program, and the challenges facing the JSSP.

Charney Research conducted 15 interviews with leaders and experts in the Afghan justice sector in Kabul in 2016. They included government officials, NGO and aid program leaders, and legal academics (specializing in either state or Islamic law). 

The study was conducted under the auspices of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where Craig Charney, the principal investigator and president of Charney Research, is a Senior Research Fellow. Funding was provided by PAE Associates, the development contractor responsible for implementing JSSP.

Dowload full report here: Report – Survey of Afghan Rule of Law Efforts v4 – Charney Research

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