Professor Donovan recently contributed a post to the East Asia Forum on Cambodia's historic adoption of a new Civil Code:
[t]he code is a major step forward for Cambodia. It is a cosmopolitan, internationalist document, exhibiting the influence of pre-existing Cambodian law as well as that of Japanese and French law. One knowledgeable Cambodian observer even sees common-law influence in the section of the code dealing with the basic rules of contract. . . . In short, the new code is a healthy hybrid which should serve Cambodia well. It promises far greater security under the rule of law than the Cambodian people have previously known.