Rule of Law
In recent months, citizens across the Middle East and North Africa took to the streets to demand an end to the abusive practices of the security services, more representative and responsive government institutions, the protection of their rights, greater access to economic opportunity, participation in decision-making, and access to justice. They began demanding, in short, the rule of law. Similarly, in past decades, as conflicts spilled over colonial-era borders, they began to engulf broad regions in Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia and the Balkans.
As the international community has grappled with civil war relapse, the spread of organized crime, and extremism, it has increasingly focused on the rule of law as the overarching objective for the response. This conceptual shift is reflected in the diversity of actors involved: within the UN alone, peacekeepers, peacebuilders, political and development experts, security experts, organized crime experts, and counterterrorism committees of the Security Council operate within a framework of establishing or strengthening the rule of law at the national and/or global level. CIC aims to help implement effective rule of law policies or programs accordingly.