Building the Rule of Law under UN Transitional Administration

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Overview
  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-Centre
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    VOLUME:
    Policy Brief No. 7, 2007
    TITLE:
    Building the Rule of Law under UN Transitional Administration
    AUTHORS:
    by Carolyn Bull
    PUB DATE:
    2007•12•27
    ISSN WEB:
    1814-8026
    ISBN 13:
    978-92-808-3045-3
    COPYRIGHT:
    United Nations University
    COPYRIGHT YEAR:
    2007

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    International actors seeking to consolidate peace and democracy in disrupted states have increasingly recognised the critical importance of establishing the rule of law. Yet rule of law practitioners in the UN system and elsewhere have struggled to achieve this goal. With the establishment of a new Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group in the UN Secretariat, it is important to consider the potential for, and limitations on, external actors in nurturing rule of law transformations. This policy brief draws on the experience of UN transitional administrations in Cambodia, East Timor and Kosovo to suggest factors for consideration in formulating rule of law strategies.