Civil Society in Complex Environments

Letter from the Editor

The International Journal
of Not-for-Profit Law

Volume 9, Issue 3, July 2007

In this issue of the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, two articles address the multifaceted topic of civil society in politically complex environments. David Moore of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law takes a broad view, looking at how governments have tried to stifle civil society and how the constituents of civil society have responded, with emphasis on strategies that have helped reestablish some level of freedom of association. Ibrahim Saleh of the American University in Cairo then focuses on Arab civil society, including the role of the Arab media in sustaining it and the necessity for far-reaching legal and political reforms.

In our lead article, Katerina Hadzi-Miceva of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law compares law and practice with regard to volunteering in particular European countries. Next, Anas Malik of Xavier University examines the Abdul Sattar Edhi Foundation in Pakistan, as a case study of how a charity can signal its trustworthiness and overall social value in a competitive market. Masudul K. Biswas of Ohio University then examines how nongovernmental organizations in Bangladesh interact with news media. Finally, David Robinson of the Institute of Policy Studies Programme on Civil Society in New Zealand (and a member of ICNL’s Advisory Council) reviews Charity Law and Social Inclusion: An International Study, by Kerry O’Halloran.

As always, we are most grateful to our authors for sharing their expertise and experience.

Stephen Bates
International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law