Engaging the Diplomatic and Donor Communities

In addition to mobilizing local and international civil society, leaders of legal reform efforts should consider the advantages of seeking out support from the diplomatic and donor communities. Although diplomats often must represent their own government's competing interests, and are thus often constrained in what they can do to assist legal reform efforts in particular countries, they may nonetheless be willing and able to use their formal and informal contacts in other governments and their participation in inter-governmental fora to discourage bad laws and measures from being passed and to encourage positive reform of legal environments.