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New publication - rule of law and the UN Security Council

7th April 2016

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Hilary Charlesworth is Professor and Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the School of Regulation and Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University.

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Jeremy Farrall and Hilary Charlesworth from the Centre for International Governance and Justice at RegNet are co-editors of a new book entitled Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council.

The UN Security Council formally acknowledged an obligation to promote justice and the rule of law in 2003. This volume examines the extent to which the Council has honoured this commitment when exercising its powers under the UN Charter to maintain international peace and security.

It discusses both how the concept of the rule of law regulates, or influences, Security Council activity and how the Council has in turn shaped the notion of the rule of law.

It explores in particular how this relationship has affected the Security Council’s three most prominent tools for the maintenance of international peace and security: peacekeeping, sanctions and force.

In doing so, this volume identifies strategies for better promotion of the rule of law by the Security Council.

RegNet’s Martin Krygier, Veronica Taylor and Marie-Eve Loiselle are also contributors to this publication.

For more information on the book and to pre-order, visit the Routledge website.

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