International Order & Conflict

UN Police, Justice and Corrections Programming: Summarizing Recent Practice

Case studies for nine UN complex operations and special political missions were developed by Stimson at the request of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) of the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations. They are descriptive rather than analytic documents that help to organize, by mission, the issues and activities that the main impact study, Understanding Impact of Police, Justice and Corrections Components in UN Peace Operations, treats functionally, across cases, and are summarized in the main study’s annexes.

The case studies follow a common format. It lays out the mandate of each mission with respect to police, justice and corrections operations or development support to the host state. Each briefly sets the political, social and physical context for the mission and notes any shocks to the system experienced shortly before or anytime during the deployment of the mission (e.g., serious outbreaks of violence, natural disasters, etc.). The emphasis is on cooperation and collaboration between the numerous actors involved in complex post-conflict peacebuilding. These include UN Headquarters, the mission and its various components, the host state government, other UN agencies, non-UN multilateral organizations, bilateral aid agencies, international non-governmental organizations, local civil society organizations, and civil society itself. The case studies are based on a review of case-based scholarly research as well as reviews of UN public documents and a substantial number of other UN reporting documents made available to the impact study. 

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