Resources - Interpreting the rule of law for peacekeeping


United Nations documents


United Nations Secretary-General's reports


S/2004/616 (3 August 2004) The rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies, para 6. (PDF 157 KB)


UNSC presidential statements


S/PRST/2004/32 (10 September 2004) The question concerning Haiti. (PDF 26 KB)

S/PRST/2005/30 (12 July 2005) The maintenance of international peace and security: the role of the Security Council in humanitarian crises: challenges, lessons learned, and the way ahead. (PDF 27 KB)


UNSC resolutions


S/RES/1612 (26 July 2005) Children and armed conflict. (PDF 40 KB)

S/RES/1674 (28 April 2006) Protection of civilians in armed conflict. (PDF 41 KB)

S/RES/1820 (19 June 2008) Women and peace and security. (PDF 40 KB)


Policies and guidelines


A/55/305–S/2000/809 (21 August 2000) The Brahimi report: Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects. (PDF 250 KB)

A/RES/60/1 (24 October 2005) 2005 World Summit outcome. (PDF 189 KB)

A/C.5/63/18 (29 January 2009) Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the United Nations peacekeeping operations (revised MoU) (PDF 1.07MB))

Security Council Report, Cross-cutting report No 3: Rule of law (28 October 2011). (PDF 5.1 MB)


Other sources


Journals and articles


Chesterman, Simon, "I’ll take Manhattan: The international rule of law and the United Nations Security Council" (2009) 1 Hague Journal of the Rule of Law 67-73. 

Chesterman, Simon, "An international rule of law?" (2008) 56 American Journal of Comparative Law 331-361.




Chesterman, Simon, "The UN Security Council and the rule of law", Final report and recommendations from the Austrian Initiative, 2004-2008, A/63/69 – S/2008/270 (7 May 2008). (PDF 570 KB)

Jones, Bruce & Camino Kavanagh, Shaky foundations: An assessment of the UN’s rule of law support agenda, report from the Center on International Cooperation (2011). (PDF 3.1 MB)




How is UNMIL addressing the issue of rule of law in Liberia? (June 2011). Available online:

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