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International Legal Assistance in the Post-Cold War Era: The Case of Guatemala
McGowan, Kathleen Anne.
REPORT 1999 M1775 Public Affairs Library

This report explores the resurgence of internationally sponsored legal reform in the post-Cold War era, using the case of criminal justice sector reform in Guatemala as a framework for analysis. Relying on interviews conducted with judicial officials and international advisors in Guatemala, as well as traditional academic research, the report focuses on changes in Guatemala's legal system and culture since 1992. It then describes previous and current legal assistance programs sponsored by both multilateral and bilateral donors in Guatemala. Finally, in an effort to gauge the level of domestic support to democratic judicial reform, the report will assess the impact that the current "rule of law" projects are having on the reform process in Guatemala.