Rule of Law, Human Rights and Election Support

The promotion of rule of law, human rights and fair elections plays a central part in international missions for peace, security and development. In order to create lasting peace in a state, strengthening the respect of rule of law principles, human rights and democratic elections is crucial.

One way of promoting transparent and democratic elections is to arrange election observation missions. The EU and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) arrange such missions upon request from states where an election is to be held. The observers monitor the process both before elections and during the election day, and they also monitor the final result of the poll.

The promotion of rule of law is tied to the strengthening of reliable and accountable states, with respect for human rights and equality before the law.

Rule of law principles are important for both judicial bodies and public administration as well as the citizens’ confidence in the state and its officials. Watch our short film below to find out more.



What does the FBA do?

  • Training
    The FBA offers a yearly course on rule of law in cooperation with the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) in Berlin.
  • Cooperation
    The FBA cooperates with organizations such as the OSCE, UN, EU and the European Council on issues regarding rule of law. Currently the FBA is also working on a project together with Australia National University (ANU). The project seeks to establish the types of knowledge, skills and professional qualities that are required to match the needs of international rule of law assistance.


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Una perspectiva de género en la construcción de la paz

This training manual has been developed to provide an introduction in Spanish to the policy framework on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) and its follow-up resolutions on women, peace and security.

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  • Posted by Robert Hall

    Russian presidential elections: observing democratic process in the world’s largest country

    Few people think about the vast expanse of the Russian Federation. Canada, the world’s second largest country, is not even half the size of the Russian Federation. Just imagine the logistics of running a country with an 11 hour difference between provinces like Kaliningrad and Kamchatka. Imagine monitoring the quality of the democratic process across such an enormous area with just 500 observers. Imagine that the country, like Sweden, is located in the cold wintry North ... Read entire post »

    2018-03-13 11:11
  • Posted by Carl Fredrik Birkoff

    The role of women in violent extremism in Kenya

    As I wrote in a previous article at the FBA blog, the impact and cost of insecurity resulting from violent extremism is enormous and is a risk to Kenya’s development agenda. The radicalisation and violent extremist phenomena are disproportionately impacting youth and women from marginalised areas. There is growing global recognition that women play multiple roles both within violent extremist organisations and in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). In a recent study of 15 countries, ... Read entire post »

    2018-02-28 10:30
  • Posted by Lotta Ekvall

    OSCE – the unknown security organization

    What is the OSCE? That is one of the most frequent questions I am asked when I tell people that I am on secondment from the FBA to the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria, where I work as Gender Adviser.

    OSCE, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, was established in 1973. Today the OSCE has 57 member states, in Europe but also in North America and North and Central Asia. The organization addresses a wide ... Read entire post »

    2018-02-21 10:06

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