Rule of law reform in conflict-ridden states – launch of new FBA and UNDP report

How can rule of law best be promoted in a conflict-ridden environment? This is the theme of a new report published by the FBA in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The report was presented on 30 June in New York, at the UNDP annual meeting on rule of law.

The promotion of rule of law plays a central part in international missions for peace and security. The concept of rule of law entails, among other things, that laws are equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and that they are consistent with international human rights norms. Experience gained over past decades demonstrates that establishing a basis for peace in a country is impossible without establishing a rule of law.

The FBA and the UNDP are now releasing the report “Responsive and Responsible: Politically Smart Rule of Law Reform in Conflict and Fragile States”. The publication is the result of a one-year study and includes recommendations for various actors, primarily the UN and UNDP in particular, on how rule of law reforms are best carried out in conflict-ridden and fragile states.
– The report highlights the importance of a political approach to address the underlying obstacles to rule of law, and stresses the need to utilize political analysis while planning for rule of law reforms. Political problems require political solutions, says Richard Sannerholm, head of the FBA’s rule of law programme and one of the authors of the report.

Richard Sannerholm was also one of the participants at the seminar where the new report was presented, during the UNDP annual meeting on rule of law in New York. He participated along with Pablo de Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice, and Sara Hossain, Honorary Director of the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Service Trust, among others. You can watch a film from the seminar here, and read more about the project here.

In addition please see our FBA Brief which sums the report. In order to find out more about all the work the FBA is doing in the field of rule of law, click here.

MORE FROM HOME

FBA rekryterar fler valobservatörer

FBA behöver komplettera den svenska valresursbasen med observatörer som behärskar spanska, franska och portugisiska. Vi söker dig som vill bidra till demokratisk utveckling i världen och är tillgänglig för långtidsuppdrag.

2021-04-01 12:30

Read our publications

""

Youth, Peace and Security Adviser’s Handbook

Never before in history have there been so many young people on the planet. A very important cornerstone for reaching sustainable peace and security is to ensure that young people have the rights, tools and opportunities, to participate in a meaningful manner in statebuilding and peacebuilding processes.

Documents
Attributes
Author:
FBA
Year:
2020

THE FBA BLOG

  • Posted by Rhodri Williams

    Civil Society as a Critical Partner: Rule of Law and Accountability in the Liberian COVID-19 Response, Part II

    Part One of this post highlighted the importance of the rule of law in supporting crisis response in countries struggling with the effects of conflict. One of the most important rule of law principles in such settings is accountability, particularly “downward accountability”, in which state authorities focus on serving citizens dependent on them.

    Corruption and poor governance can lead to excessive upward accountability directed toward political superiors, leaving a gap between the state and ordinary citizens. Civil ... Read entire post »

    2021-02-15 13:43
  • Posted by Kristin Valasek

    Time for a joint vision on gender-responsive leadership

    Right before the winter break, 236 women and men from 105 different organizations and 46 countries around the world joined our International Dialogue on Gender-Responsive Leadership, to discuss an absolutely critical and often missing part of the gender equality puzzle: gender-responsive leadership.

    After twenty years of struggling to achieve the commitments of the global women, peace and security agenda, we at the FBA have learned that executives and managers are essential to success. Not just as supporters, ... Read entire post »

    2021-02-10 16:09
  • Posted by Hanna Bertelman

    Creating space for dialogue in Colombia

    In Colombia, four years after the signing of the historic peace agreement between the government and the FARC guerrilla, local civil society actors are a pivotal force for promoting change. The FBA, together with CIASE, a network of women´s organizations, and the Colombian National Police is enabling a space for joint learning for civil society actors and police officers on human security, leadership, and dialogue and mediation.

    As most of those who have seen a peace process ... Read entire post »

    2020-12-16 12:44
""

Johanna Malm

Johanna is expert on the Democratic Republic of Congo

More about our experts

Upcoming courses

""

Our partner countries

FBA is part of Sweden’s development aid within the area of peace and security

Read more about the countries where we work

Twitter