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On Friday 11 March Dr. Jeremy Farrall and Prof. Hilary Charlesworth launched the Policy Proposals on Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council. The Policy Proposals were developed as part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Project entitled ’Strengthening the Rule of law through the UN Security Council’. The Project was a collaboration between the Australian National University and the Australian Government’s Australian Civil-Military Centre.
The policy proposals aim to enhance the Security Council’s capacity to strengthen the rule of law, particularly when it deploys peace operations, applies sanctions and authorises the use of force. The proposals promote a responsive model of decision-making that balances a commitment to preventing the arbitrary use of power. The responsive model of the rule of law contains four basic principles that combine to increase the likelihood that the Council’s decision-making will strengthen the rule of law: transparency, consistency, accountability and engagement. According to this model, the more these principles are respected and promoted, both in the making and implementation of Council decisions, the greater the Council’s capacity will be to strengthen the rule of law.
Read the invitation and concept note.
Read the policy proposals.