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.

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Related Publications

  • Death Notifications in the Syrian Arab Republic

    In the wake of recent information released in bulk by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic on the deaths of numerous detained and/or missing persons, the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic — served by commissioners including CIC Senior Fellow Hanny Megally— stresses the need to account for the fate and whereabouts of detained and missing individuals countrywide. The Commission further recommends a number of essential steps to address the most pressing concerns of both the victims and their families on this matter, including acknowledging the truth about how victims perished and revealing the whereabouts of their remains. 

    Nov 28, 2018
    Hanny Megally
    Rule of Law
  • © United Nations Photo

    Tens of thousands of individuals have been arbitrarily or unlawfully detained in Syria, and in many cases forcibly disappeared, since civil war broke out in 2011. In recent months, while some of their families have come to know of their deaths, many questions remain unanswered. This article warns of the “impunity gap” that is likely to arise from this situation, and gives practical recommendations for obtaining justice for victims and survivors.

    Sep 13, 2018
    Hanny Megally
    Rule of Law
    Peace and Security
  • At a time of growing popular demand for representative politics, the protection of rights, and access to justice, this report by CIC's Camino Kavanagh and Dr. Bruce Jones examines the ability of the United Nations to provide 'rule of law' support to member-states and national reformers.

    Read the full CIC Policy Paper here

    Nov 01, 2011
    Camino Kavanagh, Bruce Jones
    Europe, Latin America
    Peace and Security

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