Rule of Law

Transforming Conflict and Governance

Rule of Law

The Project on Restoring the Rule of Law supports U.N. efforts to rebuild police, courts, and correctional institutions in conflict affected states, where record numbers of personnel serve in peace operations of growing complexity and critical government functions, including criminal justice, have decayed or collapsed.


Research and Analysis

July 15, 2014 | EXPERT: Sofi­a Sebastian , EXPERT: William Durch

The United Nations (UN) Global Focal Point on Police, Justice and Corrections (GFP) is the most recent initiative in a decade of efforts to improve the coherence and quality of the UN’s rule of law support to crisis- and conflict-affected countries.

November 8, 2013 | EXPERT: William Durch

In the past two decades, United Nations police have become an increasingly visible and important part of UN peacekeeping. As their roles have evolved from observing and reporting to training, reforming, operating alongside, and occasionally standing in for local police, the number of police required has also increased.

October 22, 2012 | EXPERT: William Durch

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.

July 3, 2012

By William Durch and Michelle Ker - The UN Security Council is sending record numbers of personnel into peace operations of growing complexity in environments where critical government functions, including criminal justice, have decayed or collapsed.

May 5, 2011

Aasiya Riaz, Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency, speaks about the judiciary and rule of law in Pakistan.

January 7, 2011 | EXTERNAL: Elena McGovern

Iraq is a society in transition, grappling with the universal challenges of establishing forms of governance and allocating power within the institution of the state.  It is nearly seven years since the US invasion of Iraq, and vigorous debates about the future of Iraq continue. 

October 8, 2010

The need for transitional justice mechanisms has been endorsed by a newly released UN mapping report on human rights abuse in the DR Congo. The place to start is with serious vetting and accountability processes as bridges to long-term and sustainable security sector reform.  

September 27, 2010 | EXPERT: William Durch , EXTERNAL: Madeline England

Revised and updated in 2010 by editors William Durch and Madeline England

September 17, 2010

Exploiting Synergies for Peacebuilding.

April 1, 2010 | EXTERNAL: Brandon L. Hunt , EXTERNAL: Katherine N. Andrews , EXTERNAL: Kathleen A. Walsh , EXPERT: William Durch

December 1, 2009 | EXTERNAL: Madeline England

Security sector reform (SSR) aims to support the development of "effective, inclusive and accountable security institutions so as to contribute to international peace and security, sustainable development and the enjoyment of human rights by all." Achieving these normative goals is a long-term, c

December 1, 2009

Threat assessments compile and analyze current and prospective challenges to a country's security and interests, and may be conducted as part of wider reviews of national security and defence policy and institutions.

December 1, 2009 | EXTERNAL: Madeline England , EXPERT: William Durch

FOPO, at the request of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) Unit in UN DPKO's Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, has collected and analyzed good practices in six key areas of security sector reform.

September 24, 2009 | EXTERNAL: Madeline England , EXPERT: William Durch

The growing numbers of international police authorized by the Security Council to serve in UN peace operations attest to a recognition of the importance, and challenge, of fostering the rule of law in post-conflict environments.

June 27, 2009 | EXTERNAL: Madeline England , EXPERT: William Durch

In 2004, major problems of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other operations became a public scandal for the United Nations.
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