Rule of Law
Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: A Lexicon, Oxford, OUP, pp. 320-336, 2009
15 Pages Posted: 2 May 2016
Date Written: December 1, 2007
The rule of law refers to a principle of governance upholding the supremacy of the law adopted through an established procedure, accountability of public authority under the law, equality of all before the law and access to an impartial and autonomous system of justice. It is ideologically linked to the notion of constitutionalism, to democracy and human rights. Rule of law projects in a peacebuilding context focus on elimination of arbitrariness, institutional reform, including the administration of justice and accountability.
Keywords: Rule of Law, Local Ownership, United Nations, Transparency, Accountability, Governance
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