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US school to assist Rwanda‘s justice reforms

Submitted by on December 23, 2013 – 6:54 amNo Comment

US school to assist Rwanda‘s justice reforms

Stanford Law School (SLS) has agreed to work with the Rwandan Law Reform Commission (RLRC) in the process of strengthening connections between policy formulation, law drafting and law making.

This support will be an additional value to the already existing steps that have been made by Rwanda in improving the justice sector services, law reforms, initiating community based justice courts, capacity among others.

A tripartite agreement and partnership was this December 18 concluded between the Rwanda Law Reform Commission (RLRC), the National University and Stanford Law School, to further strengthen the justice sector.

It will involve close collaboration between the two universities in terms of internship, research, and scholarship, among others.

Rwanda’s Minister of Justice and State Attorney, Johnston Busingye said that will strengthen the already existing efforts to improve the sector, which has been doing well after the reforms. We have been doing very well, and this partnership, we will enable us to do even better.” He said.

Erik Jensen, professor of the practice of law and co-director of rule of law program at Stanford law school, pointed out that the agreement will make exchanges between Stanford and NUR easier, and the modalities for scholarships have yet to be specified.

He also noted that “This collaboration is so useful because transition in legal systems generates many challenges that are resolvable by taking creative measure.”

In the State of the Nation address this December 16, President Paul Kagame said that the country cannot afford moving backwards since it has made significant transformation which has resulted to European countries, through the European Court of Human rights, trusting the justice system to start extraditing genocide suspects to Rwanda.

He said that the recognition of Rwanda’s justice system was a basis for Rwanda to act more and especially speeding up the local court cases and process of justice.

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