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

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Lorne Sossin

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: October 19, 2009

Abstract

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 (β€œIO”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

Sossin, Lorne, International Civil Service Ethics, Professionalism and the Rule of Law (October 19, 2009). ETHICAL SUPPORTS FOR STRENGTHENING THE INTERNATIONAL RULE OF LAW, Vesselin Popovski, ed., United Nations University Press, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1948785

Lorne Sossin (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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