Chodosh Quoted in ABC News Story on Corruption in Afghanistan

Hiram Chodosh, Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was quoted in an April 1, 2010, story on dealing with reform efforts in Afghanistan.

The news story, “Corruption Threatens U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan, Galbraith Says,” quotes Peter Galbraith, former U.N. deputy special representative to Afghanistan, as saying, “We may get trained Afghan lawyers, but we may not get justice in Afghanistan because we really haven’t looked at the root cause of the problem.” The problems Galbraith cites include abuse of power and a lack of checks and balances over local power brokers.

Others, including Chodosh, disagreed with Galbraith’s pessimism. “I think that not only in Afghanistan but in the history of rural reform, that European and American reformers have vastly underestimated the challenges of changing institutional and individual behavior,” Chodosh said. “To think that it can be done by remote control is Pollyanna-ish.”

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is a member of the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PPP), run by the U.S. State Department and American legal professionals, which brings Afghans to American universities to study law and receive advanced training.

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