UN Chronicle

A news reference publication published by the United Nations. Reports on UN actions and events as it addresses world issues.

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 4, December

Delivering Justice on the Ground: The Challenges of Fighting Corruption at the National and International Levels
The fight against corruption at the national and international levels is a topic of unabated relevance for the United Nations and its Member States, as intolerance of corruption is growing around the world. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On the occasion...
Establishing Effective Accountability Mechanisms for Human Rights Violations
Rule of law and institutional reform cannot start with a "clean slate". Understanding the patterns of past human rights violations and ending impunity for the worst violations are indispensable for successful transformative processes. At the core of...
Increasing Women's Access to Justice in Post-Conflict Societies
For centuries, sexual violence and other atrocities committed against women were considered inevitable during times of war. Today, legal frameworks and institutions are in place to provide justice to women affected by conflict and progress is being...
Justice and Development: Challenges to the Legal Empowerment of the Poor
We have made great strides in reducing poverty and enabling human development. Ever since poverty trends began to be monitored, the number of people living in extreme poverty and poverty rates declined in every developing region, including in sub-Saharan...
Justice: What We Need in a Post-2015 World
"Look around us", instructed the village chief in Small Sefadu, a tiny community in the eastern reaches of Sierra Leone and home to some of the country's biggest diamond mines. Together we survey the scene: a cratered dirt road is punctuated by burned-out...
Meeting the Challenges of Delivering: Justice on the Ground
The rule of law is like the laws of gravity: It holds our world and our societies together and ensures that order prevails over chaos. This is how the Secretary-General summarized the concept at the General Assembly's High-level Meeting on the Rule...
Rule of Law and Democracy: Addressing the Gap between Policies and Practices
The Declaration adopted on 24 September 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly at the High-level Meeting on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels reaffirmed that "human rights, the rule of law and democracy are interlinked and...
The International Network to Promote the Rule of Law: A Platform to Promote Justice and Security in Conflict-Affected States
The 24 September 2012 Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels (1) reaffirmed the importance of promoting rule of law, justice, and human security around the world. (2)...
The Role of the International Criminal Court: In Ending Impunity and Establishing the Rule of Law
On 24 September 2012, the United Nations General Assembly held a High-level Meeting on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels during which numerous delegates spoke about the importance of the International Criminal Court (ICC). In...
The Role of the UN in Promoting the Rule of Law: Challenges and New Approaches
THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF THE RULE OF LAW [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The rule of law is the bedrock upon which the United Nations is built. On the international stage, it is fundamental to peace and stability. All States in the General Assembly have an...
Upholding the Rule of Law at the International Level: The Role of the International Court of Justice
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Its seat is at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. It operates under a Statute, which is an integral part of the Charter of the United Nations and...