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Contracting Excellence Magazine - Feb 2009


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Thoughts not entirely outside contracting, from Jason Anderman’s visit to Cambodia in December 2008


The Angkor temples comprise the region that was the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. There are many different temples, sites and complexes, the most famous being Angkor Wat. Many of the temples were originally built for the Hindu religion, but as Cambodia became more of a Buddhist nation, the temples were converted to focus on Buddhist iconography. The temples are particularly famous for their large murals depicting battles and creation, as well as statues of Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, and their avatars and servants.


Visiting a country like Cambodia forces one to think about the importance of enforceable contracts. In Cambodia, there is very little faith that the police or the courts will reliably enforce the law. This, of course, increases the risk to investments and puts a damper on economic growth. In the years since the end of the internal strife and foreign wars that have plagued Cambodia, there has been substantial growth in construction, textiles and tourism. One wonders how much better these industries would be doing with more reliable contract enforcement mechanisms. However, there is hope, as a vigorous minority political opposition is consistently raising these issues.


Jason Anderman is President and Co-Founder of WhichDraft.com, where users can automatically create, customize and share contracts. Jason has previously served as in-house counsel at Becton, Dickinson and Co and practiced technology law, intellectual property licensing and health privacy law. He regularly publishes and speaks on Six Sigma, legal technology, and knowledge management.

















Kerrie Tarrant

Consulting editor

Tim Cummins, CEO, IACCM

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Katherine Kawamoto

Editorial Panel
Mark David, CommitMentor, UK.
Craig Guarente, Oracle, US
Helena Haapio, Lexpert Ltd, Finland
Doug Hudgeon, Macquarie Bank Ltd, Australia
William Knittle, BP, UK
Lamar Chesney, SunTrust Bank Inc, US
Sterling A. Spainhour, Charlotte School of Law, US

Automation and technology panel

Mark Darby, Alliantist, UK
Ashif Mawji, Upside Software Inc, Canada
Tim Minahan, Ariba, US
Kevin Potts, Emptoris, US

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This issue may be cited as (2009) 2(3) Contracting Excellence.
ISSN: 1937-9765; ISSN: 1937-9757


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