Down but not out – working towards legal reform in post-Gaddafi Libya


The transition inherent in moving on from Muammar Gaddafi’s all-embracing autocracy in Libya towards an inclusive democracy, which inspired the 17 February 2011 revolution, has served simply to reveal the true extent of his political, economic and social legacy.

On the positive side, Libya now has a democratically elected parliament and a new interim Government, which are, despite the inevitable controversies, attempting to deliver a nationally accepted constitution and permanent system of Government.

Yet while they do their difficult work, Libya’s problems are being compounded by increasing regional instability and conflicts prompted by the void left by the former regime. These destabilising factors have fuelled an increasingly – and usually self-serving – political and ideological polarisation, which plays out on the streets in Libya from time to time.