First glance at empirical study of access to justice in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

February 15, 2011 at 9:39 am Leave a comment

The Social Sciences in the Caucasus blog published yesterday a sneak preview of preliminary results from a study of access to justice in three Central Asia countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. To the best of my knowledge this is the first comprehensive empirical study of access to justice in former Asian Soviet republics. Without doubt the value of the study is multiplied by it its comparative potential. For now there is little information on the methodology of the study besides that it is based on mix of quantitative and qualitative research methods (random sample cross-sectional survey in each of the countries supplemented by focus groups and in-depth interviews).

Evident from the figure bellow the authors asked about a broad range of possible problems which can be solved with legal means – criminal, civil and administrative. Theft, violent crime, document registration (perhaps a notarization of a private document?) are categories which appear frequently in each of the three countries.

The results of the study will be presented today (15th of February) in Almaty, Kazakhstan.


Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Research, Tajikistan.

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