Legal & regulatory reform

Clear and stable laws and rules protect fundamental political rights.

States that ratify or accede to international treaties and conventions such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption are obligated to ensure these commitments are implemented in practice through their national legal frameworks. As such, legal frameworks provide the foundation for the protection of fundamental rights, good governance and the combatting of corruption. Unfortunately, the laws and rules that make up a country’s legal framework are often unclear, inconsistent, outdated, unworkable in practice or subject to political manipulation. IFES supports the development of clear, consistent and accessible legal frameworks for effective governance, while also encouraging effective application and enforcement of the law. We also support the role of civil society in monitoring government adherence to the law and advocating for legal and regulatory reforms.

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