Research Project on Rule of Law in Peace Operations
The promotion of the rule of law is at the heart of UN peace operations and a central element in the maintenance of international peace and security.
The Security Council has gradually but significantly increased the integration of rule of law elements in its resolutions since the early 2000s, thus making rule of law an essential part of UN peace operations. While there are increased demands for the rule of law and corresponding appeals for turning the idea into reality there is, however, a lack of comprehensive empirical studies on the topic. This research project examines how the UN has operationalized the concept of the rule of law, and analyses its potential shortcomings before considering the means of progression towards a more adequate and efficient method of assistance than currently exists.