UNMIL pledges constant support to Liberia’s law-making process
Monrovia – On 10 July 2017 at a presentation of the Revised National Law Reform Policy to members of the House of Representatives at Capitol Hill, Monrovia, UNMIL Senior Judicial Affairs Officer, Ms. Boma Jack in remarks made on behalf of Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Political and Rule of Law, Waldemar Vrey, assured Liberia that the United Nations will continue to support the law making process and the legislature’s oversight role even after the peace keeping mission concluded withdrawal next year.
“We have made arrangements with UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) and ISSAT (International Security Sector Advisory Team), to look at how we can help with the legislation drafting aspect, which is what the Law Reform Commission has put before you,” said Ms. Jack, adding “the House of Representatives has a responsibility of advising partners on the structure and language so that all laws in Liberia are in uniformity.”.
She was speaking at a presentation of the Revised National Law Reform Policy by the Chair, Law Reform Commission, Boakai N. Kanneh to members of the House of Representatives at Capitol Hill, Monrovia. ISSAT, UNDP and UNMIL have initiated a joint project to enhance the capacity of legislature in the areas of legislative drafting and structure.
World Bank’s country manager for Liberia, Ms. Larisa Leshchenko singled out codification as a critical element of the strategy in making the legislative process more user-friendly.
The National Law Reform Policy aims to establish a coordinated strategy in the design and improvement of the law making process in Liberia. This includes coordinating development of new standards and procedures for drafting law, technical reviews, quality control, harmonization and codification, simplification of all laws and creation of synergy in all law reform efforts in Liberia. The policy designates the Law Reform Commission as the coordinating unit.