On February 19, the United Nations Security Council met for an open debate on strengthening of the rule of law in conflict and post-conflict settings. The session addressed how the failure of legal institutions can lead to conflict and cause repeated cycles of violence, displacement, humanitarian crisis, and instability. As Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo highlighted in her remarks to the Security Council, “respect for the rule of law is critical for the establishment of stable, secure, and democratic post-conflict societies.”
Today’s modern multidimensional UN peacekeeping operations are particularly well positioned to help countries struggling to emerge from conflict promote and strengthen rule of law institutions. Staffed with police, justice, and corrections experts, multidimensional peacekeeping missions with rule of law tasks in their mandates provide front line support to strengthen judicial, transitional justice, and human rights institutions in post-conflict states. To learn more about the importance of the rule of law and UN’s role in strengthening it, watch this video.
About the Author: Raffi Gregorian serves as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.