International Civil Service Ethics, Professionalism and the Rule of Law
ETHICAL SUPPORTS FOR STRENGTHENING THE INTERNATIONAL RULE OF LAW, Vesselin Popovski, ed., United Nations University Press, 2011
18 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2011
Date Written: October 19, 2009
While the idea of public service independence and its relationship to the rule of law has received significant recognition in the Canadian context, it raises the question of whether an analogous set of ethical norms operate at the international level, in settings such as the United Nations and its agencies, the European Commission and other settings of multilateral governance. Is an independent, global or multilateral public service a necessary precondition for an international rule of law? By what mechanisms does the operation of bureaucracy in multilateral governance strengthen (or erode) the international rule of law?
In this brief paper, we examine the ethics and professionalism of the international public service – the individuals who collectively comprise the international organizations (“IO”s) that exercise authority through the auspices of entities recognized by international law – and reflect on the potential of the operation of such ethics and professionalism to define and enhance the concept of the international rule of law.
Keywords: rule of law, public service, governance and law, international rule of law, international public service, ethics and professionalism, international law
JEL Classification: K33
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation