[JURIST] Attending an international one-day summit in London Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas committed the Palestinian Authority to a range of legal and judicial reforms deemed necessary for the eventual creation of an independent Palestinian state. The reforms, set out in the final summit report [UK FCO text, PDF], include:
- passing a new electoral law to ensure the fair and democratic elections of Palestinian leaders, tentatively scheduled for July 15, 2005
- abolishing State Security Courts
- amending and implementing the Judicial Authority Law; and
- setting up a system of local civil and criminal courts to handle the everyday needs of an independent nation.