A Guide to Change and Change Management for Rule of Law Practitioners

42 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2015

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Vivienne O'Connor

Director, International Network to Promote the Rule of Law

Date Written: January 17, 2015

Abstract

When a practitioner hears the phrase “post-conflict rule of law reform,” his or her first instinct is to focus on the “law” or “rule of law” part of this phrase and the many legal and technical solutions that are routinely employed to move a country away from conflict and towards the rule of law. Less explored, and less often thought about, is the concept of reform or change. Rule of law practitioners are in the change business, yet practitioners tend to spend more time thinking about the legal and technical dimensions of projects rather than about change and how it occurs.This Practitioners’ Guide argues that it is crucial to the success of rule of law reform efforts that they are grounded in a solid understanding of change and change management. Section I outlines a theory of change applicable to rule of law reform. Section II takes the abstract theory of change from Section I and applies it to the everyday business of rule of law projects -- from initial project assessment to design and implementation of the project. Finally, Section III outlines the importance of having a change management plan for rule of law projects. Further, it provides concrete guidance on the elements of a change management plan.

Suggested Citation

O'Connor, Vivienne, A Guide to Change and Change Management for Rule of Law Practitioners (January 17, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2665670 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2665670

Vivienne O'Connor (Contact Author)

Director, International Network to Promote the Rule of Law ( email )

International Network to Promote the Rule Of Law
c/o United States Institute of Peace
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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