Professor Aucoin on "Building the Rule of Law in Haiti: New Laws for a New Era"

United States Institute of Peace

In the report "Building the Rule of Law in Haiti: New Laws for a New Era," authors Hans Joerg Albrecht, Louis Aucoin and Vivienne O’Connor examine the shortcomings of the current criminal laws and opportunities to reform the criminal code. The report finds promising signs that Haiti's criminal laws, and thus its criminal justice system, will undergo huge transformations in the coming years.

Despite Haiti's numerous challenges, the authors conclude that new criminal laws will herald in a new era where criminal laws serve all the people of Haiti, including the poor, vulnerable and marginalized, rather than just the rich and powerful, and upon which respect for the law and the legitimacy of a stronger justice system can be built.