Innovations in rule of law

Innovations in rule of law 28 June 2012

 It is not all doom and gloom regarding the use and effectiveness of rule of law development assistance. There are actually things we have learned and things that seem to work well.

Both within and outside the UN, there is skepticism about rule of law promotion at the national and international levels. Although justified in some respects, this attitude risks overlooking areas in the rule of law field where innovations have been made, important insights have been gained, and tangible successes, fragile or more robust, have been achieved in the past 5 to 10 years.

Focusing on these innovations is particularly timely and important as the UN General Assembly has for the first time chosen the topic of the rule of law for its meeting this year. On 24 and 25 September the UN General Assembly will open with a heads of state meeting on the rule of law. Negotiations on an Outcome Document are currently under way. To support this process HiiL and the WJP have taken the initiative to prepare a report that highlights areas where significant progress has been made over the past 5 to 10 years, both in terms of insights and concrete innovations.

The first edition of the report,  Innovations in Rule of Law, was presented at an event held in New York on 26 June 2012, in partnership with the International Peace Institute. Adama Dieng, Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and leading rule of law advocate honoured the event with key note speech in which set set out the significance of rule of law today. Based on the feedback from his event HiiL and WJP will shortly publish the final version of the report.

Read more about this publication - it can be downloaded from the page.

There was a webcast of the launch event.