Report from the Arab Region

In the Arab region, GLIN offers a number of real opportunities:  The geographical distances between the GLIN Member States was shortened through the portal of the GLIN Network, offering access to legislative and cultural diversity.  Judges were able to consult the judicial decisions of all Member States and were thus able to improve their understanding of their own national laws governing the jurisdictions of their courts (for example, in Tunisia, reference to case law and legal writings is left to the discretion of the Supreme Court).  Since judicial rulings are recorded within the GLIN metadata, the possibility was created for the development of comparative law studies.  Having access to the authentic text of legislation in other countries has allowed legislative draftsmen to improve their own national law in such areas as economic law, children’s rights, corporate law,  e-commerce, intellectual property rights, arbitration, and many other areas.  Decision makers have been inspired by exposure to the experiences of other Member States in fighting crimes and in facing economic downturns. Finally, access by third parties to authentic and current legal texts as they appear in the national official gazettes and as edited into comprehensive abstracts raises the confidence of foreign investors and businessmen that they fully understand the laws under which they will have to do business.  The governments of both Kuwait and Qatar have exercised leadership roles in encouraging other members of the Arab League to support GLIN and to become Member States.