integration into regional and global trade patterns and the influx of
foreign business operations in the Kingdom have undoubtedly created
many new challenges for our legal practitioners. Like it or not, it has
become vital that legal professionals achieve an acceptable level of
understanding of laws in jurisdictions other than in Cambodia,
including international laws and treaties, to which Cambodia may or may
not be a signatory.
Barriers of language and basic understanding
with respect to international business, financial operations and trade
have largely limited the capacity of Cambodian legal professionals to
draft contracts involving legal elements from abroad, to strategise and
to assess future risks for their clients.
In addition to a greater
understanding of other regional or international jurisdictions, our
legal professionals must adapt to a more competitive working
environment, integrate more sophisticated working tools, enhance their
legal knowledge and adopt more democratic mindsets to survive in
today's increasingly complex legal marketplace.
It will be no easy
task for Cambodian legal professionals to make these improvements. But
to survive in the always-on-the-go legal market and to retain one's
relevance as a lawyer, it is vital that they do so.
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