Report from Africa

In Africa, for the first time: (a) judges can learn about the law meant to govern their decisions; (b) the administrative offices of governments can see the rules they are required to apply; (c) citizens are empowered to take note of their rights -- even in remote regions of a country, which are devoid of any kind of ordinary infrastructure (Congo-Kinshasa, for example); (d) judgments be recorded and thus a starting point is created for a coherent judiciary and the development of legal doctrine; (e) laws can be compiled and published in comprehensive editions, purging parts abolished and including new amendments [known as toilettage, a task undertaken by legal editors in OECD countries]; and (f) the actual text of the law itself is secured through multiple, state-of-the-art electronic archives. Moreover, those who seek to draft new laws can find models in member states with similar traditions.

Visit of Burkina Faso Government to the GLIN Foundation, 19 Aug 2015, Washington, DC

From left to right: Bob Kocher (President - Ideal Innovations, Inc.), George Spina (President - GLIN Foundation), Don Wallace (Chairman - International Law Institute), Peter Higgins (Program Manager GLIN 2), Seydou Sinka (Chargé d’affaires – Burkina Faso Embassy – Washington, DC), Mr. Alain Jean-Baptiste Ouattara (Secrétaire Général du Gouvernement et du Conseil des Ministres of Burkina Faso), Nicole Ouattara, William S. Sessions (US Federal Judge [retired], former Director of the FBI, and an advisor to the GLIN Foundation), Lucien K. Ilboudo (Burkina Faso GLIN Station Chief).