UN guidelines

The United Nations Centre for Human Rights is assembling a group of legal experts to produce standard guidelines for legal training in the world's new democracies. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Dato Param Cumaraswamy, told delegates to the IBA conference that the UN would produce a legal training manual for emerging democracies by next year “so that all the democracies will apply similar standards for the administration of justice and for the promotion and protection of the rule of law and human rights”.