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The challenges of drafting legislation in microstates

Saturday 5 June 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, In Depth

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The challenges of drafting legislation in microstates
The Cook Islands Ministry of Justice building, with the Crown Law office situated to the left. As a microstate, local lawyers say the process of drafting complex laws is a consistent challenge for the country. 21060419

A decade ago, the powers that be decided the Cook Islands needed updated companies legislation and a digital registry of companies allowed to do business in the country. It was a ‘smart government’ initiative, where services offered by the state are efficient, cost-effective, and allow people to avoid the agony of long queues. But sometimes the best of intentions can lead to unintended consequences.

A decade ago, the powers that be decided the Cook Islands needed updated companies legislation and a digital registry of companies allowed to do business in the country. It was a ‘smart government’ initiative, where services offered by the state are efficient, cost-effective, and allow people to avoid the agony of long queues. But sometimes the best of intentions can lead to unintended consequences.


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