New Report: “A Window of Opportunity: Support to the Rule of Law in Guatemala”

We're pleased to announce the launch of a new joint report on rule of law in Guatemala.

In December 2019 International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), the Law Society, and the Vance Center of International Law undertook a joint mission to Guatemala to interview stakeholder organisations and justice sector actors in Guatemala. Following this mission, we're launching a joint report of our findings.

Guatemala cannot combat corruption and strengthen the rule of law without ensuring an independent and impartial judiciary. With a new incoming executive, the report underlines that the international community must seize the window of opportunity to re-engage with Guatemala in combating corruption. This will require finding new and effective models of development cooperation to ensure more sustainable ways of strengthening the rule of law.

The report “A Window of Opportunity: Support to the Rule of Law in Guatemala” examines the state of Guatemala’s justice sector after the closure of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) in September 2019. It discusses how recent threats against the justice sector have reversed much of the progress that was made to strengthen the rule of law during CICIG’s existence.

Key report recommendations to strengthen the rule of law in Guatemala are to:

  • guarantee the independence of the judiciary requires not only that Guatemala’s executive and legislature must adhere to the separation of powers, but that judges are empowered to act independently and impartially without fear of retaliation or personal attacks
  • break isolation and returning to multilateralism will require that Guatemala and the international community agree on new long-term cooperation efforts to fight corruption
  • continue efforts to fight corruption after CICIG’s closure will require that Guatemala develop new and innovative mechanisms to eradicate corruption with support from and in cooperation with the international community

We're grateful to Sue Willman, chair of the Law Society Human Rights Committee for her contributions to the report, to the British Embassy in Guatemala for their support, and to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) who funded ILAC’s report and mission.

Download and read the report

2020 report: “A Window of Opportunity: Support to the Rule of Law in Guatemala” (PDF 4.63 MB)

Read about the report launch on ILAC’s website.

Read about the joint mission to Guatemala.

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