The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Democracy Index 2011 - Democracy Under Stress,
shows that democracy has been under intense pressure in many parts of the world. In most regions the average democracy score for 2011 is lower than in 2010, including the developed countries of North America and Western Europe. There was a decline in the average score for Eastern Europe and small declines for both Asia and Latin America. These were offset by increase in average scores in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Sub-Saharan Africa. Download it/view it here.
Some articles by Frank Richardson, OpenTrial's founder
INTERNATIONAL BAR NEWS - international aid article
INTERNATIONAL BAR NEWS - e-justice article
IBA GLOBAL INSIGHT article: Rule of law - an elusive panacea