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  • In a speech delivered at TEDx Hamburg, Andra Vamos-Goldman, Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response (JRR), discusses operationalizing his vision for the investigation of mass atrocities to be done as quickly and professionally as the investigation of any ordinary domestic crime. JRR is a standard-setting multi-stakeholder facility that recruits, trains and deploys criminal justice...

  • Tuesday Reitano, Head of the Global Initiative Secretariat, spoke to Canada’s CBC on the smugglers working behind the scenes of the Syrian refugee crisis.

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  • Legitimacy is a crucial aspect of all power relations. Without legitimacy, power is exerted through coercion; with legitimacy, power can be exerted through voluntary or quasi-voluntary compliance. A new topic guide from GSDRC  explores the meaning of legitimacy in relation to state and armed non-state actors, examining the dominant meanings of legitimacy used in international development and...

  • "Countering violent extremism" (CVE) is a new policy paradigm that aims to address structural and social conditions enabling recruitment and radicalization to violent extremism. Unlike counterterrorism approaches that rely on broad security legislation or heavily-militarized responses, CVE focuses on prevention by trying to alleviate underlying causes of injustice—endemic poverty, ethnic and...

  • The Overseas Development Institute has developed four infographics describing Theory of Change approaches in development contexts.

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    For more on change processes, see the INPROL Guide to Change and Change Management for Rule of Law Practitioners.

  • International humanitarian law (IHL) regulates relations between States, international organizations and other subjects of international law. It is a branch of public international law that consists of rules that, in times of armed conflict, seek – for humanitarian reasons – to protect persons who are not or are no longer directly participating in the hostilities, and to restrict means and...

  • In a post for Open Society Voices blog, Sumaiya Islam discusses two fundamental questions the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development poses to civil society groups working in the justice and governance sectors: Will the new framework, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, create opportunities to transform national planning and budgeting processes to strengthen justice and good governance...

  • In an article for Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, Vincent, Weigand, and Hakimi argue that interventions seeking to harness the "local" often create or introduce problems that have yet to be fully recognized. In context of the Afghanistan Local Police (ALP), they dicsuss how "the theoretically-driven work that is commonly taken to justify ‘bottom-up’ interventions...

  • In an article for Governance Justice Blog, Marcus Baltzer discusses four issues at hand when it comes to defining drug offenses, specifically definitions involving the quantity of a substance. Baltzer suggests a solution to the paradoxes created by inconsistent drug policy might be to "place less emphasis on drug quantities and instead pay more attention to the functions and motives of the...

  • In a June paper, Roisin Hinds explores indicators used to measure progress in conflict, stability, security, justice and peacebuilding. Drawing on sources such as the Global Peace Index, Rule of Law Index, and Fragile States Index, Hinds finds that the quality of evidence available on indicators is highly variable, bringing into question its utility as a policymaking/program design tool.

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