The Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic proclaims rule of law as one of the fundamental values. As in many other states, there are serious discrepancies between this ideal and realities on the ground. Kyrgyzstan’s law enforcement system is riddled with capacity deficit and corruption. While there is no properly functioning rule of law, there is a certain order understandable to its participants. It is composed of formal laws, mandates and institutions (police quarters, courts and prisons) and informal rules of the game and networks. This panel will discuss Kyrgyzstan’s law-enforcement system, its key features and the trajectory of its development. A special attention will be paid to current events and their implications.
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