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The State of Law in the South Caucasus
 
 
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26 Oct 2005
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The countries of the South Caucasus - Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan - have been plagued by the failings of the rule of law. While the quality of written laws has improved since independence, legal institutions - and perhaps legal culture - continue to be weak. The failings of law have in turn had a corrosive effect on state-building and democratization. This book examines the rule of law in the region from a variety of themes and perspectives, such as corruption, elections, relations with Europe, legal professions, regulation of business, environment protection and human rights. The impact of Georgia's 'Rose Revolution' and law in the separatist territories of the region are also discussed.


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The countries of the South Caucasus - Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan - have been plagued by the failings of the rule of law. While the quality of written laws has improved since independence, legal institutions - and perhaps legal culture - continue to be weak. The failings of law have in turn had a corrosive effect on state-building and democratization. This book examines the rule of law in the region from a variety of themes and perspectives, such as corruption, elections, relations with Europe, legal professions, regulation of business, environment protection and human rights. The impact of Georgia's 'Rose Revolution' and law in the separatist territories of the region are also discussed.


Reviews

'...an informative and well written book...essential reading for anyone interested in rule of law discourse in general or the legal reform in post-revolutionary societies in particular.' - Sudhir Krishnaswamy, The Law and Politics


Contents

Introduction; C.P.M.Waters
PART 1: ROLE OF THE STATE
Clash of Institutions Clientelism and Corruption versus Role of Law; C.H.Stefes
'Georgians Cannot Help Being Original'; The Evolution of Election Rules in the Republic of Georgia; E.S.Herron & I. Mirzashvili
Democratization and the Rule of Law in Azerbaijan: Europe's Relevance; G.Guliyeva
Rule of Law in the Secessionist States; C.P.M.Waters
PART 2: LAWYERING
Lawyers in the Caucasus: Climbing out of the Communist Shadow; C.Zullo
Legal Education in Azerbaijan: Past, Present, and Future Challenges; C.R.Davidson & N.S.N.Asare
PART 3: REGULATION
The Legal Basis for Business in Georgia; M.Guledani
Regulation and Reform in Telecommunications; K.Andreasyan
Linking Rule of Law and Environmental Policy Reform in Armenia and Georgia; A.M.Chatrchyan & A.E.Wooden
PART 4: VULNERABLE GROUPS AND THE LAW
Armenia's Women in Transition; S.Anjargolian
Protecting Housing and Property Rights of the Displaced in Georgia; A.R.Smit


Authors

CHRISTOPHER P.M. WATERS is Senior Lecturer in Law and Deputy Director of the inter-disciplinary Centre for Euro-Asian Studies at the University of Reading, UK. He has worked with the OSCE and non-governmental organizations on rule of law and democratization initiatives in the Caucasus and Balkans. He is the author of Counsel in the Caucasus: Professionalization and Law in Georgia which recently won the Hart/SLSA Book Prize for Early Career Academics.