Rule of Law
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.
Over the last decade, the U.N. Security Council has given peace operations broad mandates to redevelop police services, rebuild justice systems and provide advisory support to national prison systems in conflict-affected states. These efforts have met limited success, owing in part to resource constraints but mostly due to outsiders' limited ability to change the fundamentals of governance at least on the timescales in which U.N. missions deploy.
The project on Restoring the Rule of Law work approaches peacebuilding from a rule of law rather than a military perspective. The project supports the U.N. Police Division in developing international police peacekeeping guidance but also undertakes independent critiques of U.N. performance.
The project’s primary research methodology is qualitative cross-case comparison that draws on a combination of document review and interview-based field research conducted in collaboration with research partners. The project is also developing techniques to map relationships, processes and products in peace operations using design structure matrix methodology.
For UN Police: Reduce U.N. reliance on globally recruited formed police units, which too often deploy with minimal training and unfamiliar equipment. Emphasis should instead be placed on building locally recruited constabulary units commanded by a U.N. mission’s police component (not the host state government) and with embedded U.N. Police advisers.
Higher-capacity formed police units from select, collaborating police contributing countries should be deployed in the first year of new U.N. missions, while mission constabulary units are being built. Using this approach, the U.N. would have higher quality police units at the start of its missions and its investments in police training and equipment would land and remain in the host state.
The Stimson Center also collaborates with a number of visiting fellows and nonresident experts. To see a full list of contributors to the program, please click here.
Dr. Durch is a Senior Adviser to the Challenges Forum on Peace Operations led by The Folke Bernadotte Academy of Sweden – the civilian peace operations research and training institute of the Swedish Foreign Ministry – often contributing background papers to the meetings of the Forum, which is itself a collaboration of research and training institutions from roughly 20 partner governments and includes all permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.
Stimson also partners with The Hague Institute for Global Justice – an independent, nonpartisan and interdisciplinary organization that conducts policy-relevant research, develops practitioner tools, and convenes experts, practitioners and policymakers to facilitate knowledge sharing on conflict prevention, rule of law, and global governance. The two organizations jointly convene a Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance seeking better means of managing global issues that directly affect individuals’ and communities’ sense of security and justice, including state fragility, the cyber-economy, and climate change.