Symbolic court in session at the Azad University

The WorldBank is currently using its financial muscle tofacilitate judicial reform in developing coun-tries, citing statistics that link the rule of lawto economic growth without World Bank help, postcolonial andpost-Soviet countries transitioning to democ-racy have typically strengthened courts’ powerto undertake constitutional review of the po-litical branches of government (Hirschl 2002,Horowitz 2006).