LASER (Legal Assistance for Economic Reform) is a Department for International Development funded programme. It aims to improve investment climates in 8 developing countries by helping to identify and solve commercial law and justice problems, as well as sharing lessons about how to do this. LASER is managed by a consortium comprising KPMG and The Law & Development Partnership.
LASER deploys a range of different ways to provide effective technical assistance on investment climate issues to developing countries. This has included embedding resident advisers in line ministries for up to a year, and deploying part-time and short-term advisers.
This case study looks at emerging lessons from one particular model, a pilot initiative supported by LASER. It supplies a junior lawyer to a line ministry position, with salary paid by the developing country government. This is part of The Oxford Law and Policy Fellowship scheme - a pilot modelled on the Overseas Development Institute’s Fellowship Scheme which has for over 50 years successfully deployed young economists (and more recently statisticians) – ‘fellows’ – to developing countries. Since its inception in 1963 over 40 country governments and regional organisations have participated in the Scheme.
Legal Assistance for Economic Reform: Rwanda Case Study 7: Lessons from supporting a Law and Policy Fellow in Rwanda (2016) 9pp