New UNODC-USIP Guide: Criminal Jusitce Reform in Post-Conflict States - A Guide for Practitioners

February 16, 2012 - 10:44am

For decades, the international community has been assisting countries coming out of conflict with developing a strong and fair criminal justice system.  It is really important that rule of law practitioners understand the broad landscape of the justice system and of reforms that are occurring across the system. In reality, however, practitioners are often focused on their own narrow area of reform and not aware of how reforms to one component of the system affect all others and the inter-linkages between smaller scale efforts and broader justice reform efforts.


In recognition of these complexities, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) have collaborated to produce Criminal Justice Reform in Post-Conflict States: A guide for practitioners.


The guide introduces individuals to the entire landscape of criminal justice reform. It examines particular facets of reform activity (courts, detention, police reform), surveys the wider landscape of criminality in post-conflict and transitional States, and addresses key skills (such as program management and capacity development) pertinent to all types of reform.