Legal Reform, De-colonization and State-building in Palestine

Demands for legal reform have come from both inside and outside Palestine. Inside Palestine, legal reform is seen as a prerequisite for democracy and good governance. Outside, legal reform is perceived as integral to the continued peace process with Israel. This project will examine the internal and external demands for legal reform, identify the different agendas in operation and elucidate the various meanings given to legal reform by different actors. The research will be guided by three questions. First, what are the different discourses and how can they be reconciled? How can legal reforms effectively contribute to the twin processes of de-colonization and state-building? And, what strategies will ensure the achievement of legal reform objectives? The overall aim is to identify and promote the best way of consolidating Palestinian state building and rule of law through legal reform.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, August 31, 2006

End Date

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


24 months

IDRC Officer

Ahmimed, Charaf

Total funding

CA$ 415,500


Middle East, West Bank and Gaza, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Israel


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Mudar Kassis


Birzeit University

Institution Country

West Bank and Gaza

Institution Website