The Judiciary in Yemen: The Status Quo, Current Challenges and Post-Conflict Considerations

A common demand among the Arab Spring countries in 2011 was the call for justice and freedom; Yemen was no exception. In fact, the judicial system in Yemen is among the most corrupt and inefficient systems in the region. Although Yemen’s Constitution theoretically guarantees an independent judiciary, in practice the executive branch exerts considerable influence over judicial authorities. The country’s infrastructure, including its judicial institutions, has been severely damaged by the armed conflict that began in 2014, and the opposing parties to the conflict have divided the judiciary and its institutions, creating parallel systems that do not recognize each other’s legitimacy. Rebuild

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