National and local legal systems can be deficient in a number of ways. Law enforcement systems can be inadequate. Enforcement officers can be ill-equipped to enforce laws or corrupt. The general public can be opposed to or unsupportive of law enforcement. Judiciary systems can be corrupt, undertrained or overloaded. Law faculties may be insufficient or may offer poor training. Law libraries may be inadequate for schools, judges, lawyers and other auxiliaries of justice. Judges and other court officials may be untrained or undertrained. Laws and courts may be inadequate, confusing or obscure. Legal material may be uncollected and poorly classified. Prisons may be understaffed or poorly staffed. Systems of punishment may be in violation of human rights conventions or incapable of being equitable.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.