Professional Rule of Law

FBA is working on the project “Professional Rule of Law” together with Australia National University (ANU). The project seeks to establish what kind of knowledge, skills and professional qualities that are needed to match the expansion of the field of rule of law assistance.

Rule of law assistance is now a multi-billion dollar industry with bilateral, multilateral and private funding. The industry cuts across multiple policy domains, including areas as diverse as peace-building, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, security sector reform, land reform and environmental governance, legal, judicial and regulatory reform, human rights promotion, informal or customary justice, economic development and trade, transnational crime and anti-corruption.

The issue for the industry, and for the countries that host the projects, is that the demand is even larger than the expansion of the industry. Rule of law assistance providers around the world are beginning to recognise that they have a serious expertise deficit and that there is a mismatch of expectations and capabilities.

The results from the project will help in preparatory and continued professional training of rule of law, SSR and governance experts, development of expert profiles and maintenance of rosters, and research and knowledge management in areas relevant to post-conflict reconstruction, peace-building and development.

The project builds on, and is an integrated part of, the international research programme “Responsive Rule of Law”. The programme comprises academic and industry partners around the world with the aim of professionalising the worldwide rule of law community and bringing more expertise, effectiveness and accountability to the industry.

Hitherto, the project has resulted in the publication of a first report, “Professionalizing Rule of Law: Issues and Directions”.


Looking back at a year of election observation

Liberia, Kyrgyzstan and Honduras. Kenya, Kosovo and Nepal. Those are just a handful of the countries that have held elections during 2017, to which FBA has deployed election observers. “It has been an exciting year. And 2018 looks just as interesting, with forthcoming elections in Russia, Cambodia and Zimbabwe, only to name a few”, says Maja Tjernström who works with election observation at FBA.

2017-12-22 14:37

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Putting Civilians First: NGO Perceptions and Expectations of UN Peacekeeping

NGOs and UN peacekeeping operations increasingly operate in a shared domain. NGOs commonly rely – at least partly – on UN peacekeepers for access and security, but they also express concerns about this. Yet remarkably little is known about what are their main concerns and how widespread they are. Even more importantly, what can be done to address them? This FBA Brief, written by members of one of the FBA’s research working groups, examines the answers to those questions.

Han Dorussen, Marian de Vooght



  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    Back ‘home’ in Kosovo and remembering old lessons

    The distinct smell of coal dust creeps into your nose as soon as you step off the plane in Pristina, a strange and familiar welcome back greeting for those of us intimate with this small corner of Europe. I felt it again in November 2017 when I came to Kosovo for a few days of visiting old friends and colleagues. For anyone with strong memories of living in a foreign country, you will remember the joys ... Read entire post »

    2017-12-13 11:21
  • Posted by Sabrina Karim

    Liberia after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    On November 8 2005, Liberians elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to be the first female president of an African country. She made history that day and she oversaw fourteen years of peace in a country that had experienced two decades of devastating armed conflict. In 2011, she was re-elected and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Her fame and legacy has brought widespread international attention onto Liberia.

    On October 10, 2017, Liberians will go to the polls for the ... Read entire post »

    2017-10-06 15:28
  • Posted by Maja Jakobsson

    Strengthening forces for peace through experience-sharing

    The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated as of late, with the highest number of conflict-related civilian casualties in 2016 since 2009. The efforts for a formal and sustainable peace process are insufficient and face numerous obstacles. Violent battles between government and Taliban forces have resulted in new districts falling under Taliban power. Attacks by other groups, loyal to the Islamic State, are increasing in numbers.

    Despite this, there are still strong forces for peace in Afghanistan. ... Read entire post »

    2017-09-21 16:18

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