- The inefficient administration of justice resulting, for example, in a backlog of cases and an increasing number of people held in detention awaiting trial
- Lack of access to justice and dispute settlement mechanisms
- Terrorism - to modernise and keep a step ahead of tactics terrorists use
- Drafting of laws - there is a persistent shortage of trained legislative drafters in developing Commonwealth countries
- The lack of access to and dissemination of laws
- The lack of free access to legal information and materials
- Developing a holistic solution to combat counterfeiting and piracy
How we meet these challenges:
Our unique and uniting factor in the Commonwealth is our common legal heritage. Laws and legal terms are written in English, which places us in a strong position to help countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific.
- We support the digitisation of legal resources to benefit small jurisdictions. This is cost effective and helps member countries share legal information.
- We provide training seminars on legislative drafting to help address the serious shortage of lawyers with the ability to draft laws.
- We draft and circulate model legislation to guide member countries to translate their international legal obligations into domestic legislation. We have drafted model legislation on whistleblowing as part of an anti-corruption programme.
- We disseminate legal information in three ways, through:
- our website which has Commonwealth Secretariat Reports and other legal information.
- the Commonwealth Law Bulletin (CLB), which is circulated to Ministries of Justice, Courts of Law, Law Reform Agencies, Parliaments, Bar Associations and Universities across the Commonwealth.
- the Legal Dissemination Series, which serves as a forum for experts to identify emerging issues and to make recommendations on best practices and lessons learnt.
- We provide direct technical assistance to member countries.