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  • Innovating Justice's Sam Muller, Director of the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law, blogs about the potential value of Rule of law indicators but also cautions that there are risks to relying on them. 

  • An online platform that helps to design programs against gender-based violence continues to expand its scope - and its users. The Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls has a new campaigning module. 

    The Centre is a unique global knowledge initiative managed by UN Women.  It currently offers resources in English, French and Spanish on topics that span health,...

  • The report found that donors have helped to create institutional support to combat corruption but that, despite efforts, it has not actually resulted in less corruption. It nonetheless commend the fact that corruption has become a more broadly discussed topic and that grassroots efforts have demonstrated a cultural shift in thinking and strengthened local accountability to some extent. Misuse...

  • A new law to ensure defendants' right to information during criminal proceedings has been published in the Official Journal - the EU's statute book - and will be applicable across the European Union. The 'Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings' was proposed by the European Commission in July 2010, voted by the European Parliament on 13 December 2011 (see IP/11/1534) and...

  • The high-level meeting of the 67th Session of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 September 2012. This is a unique occasion for all Member States, non-governmental organisations and civil society represented at the highest level, to discuss and agree a forward looking agenda on...

  • I sat down to lunch with a social entrepreneur marketing solar light bulbs to the developing world.  “What is your biggest challenge?” I asked, “Distribution?  Design?  Pricing?”  “Corruption at the border,” he replied.  “I need to get a container full of lights into Uganda – but the border guards keep taking such a big cut that I can’t get the lights to market.” 

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  • The International Criminal Court has a new Chief Prosecutor, Ms. Fatou Bensouda, who was sworn in today during a ceremony in the Hague. At a time when the ICC is seeking to prosecute a number of high-level accused, from Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, this marks the first time an African or a woman will hold the Chief Prosecutor position. In addition to her...

  • Over the past month, the South Sudan government, led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, has revealed high levels of grand corruption by South Sudanese government officials – amounting to $4 billion - as well as efforts by South Sudan to change this. First, on May 3, 2012 President Mayardit sent a letter to seventy-five current and former government officials requesting them to return stolen...

  • UN Women's report, Progress of the World's Women 2011-2012: In Pursuit of Justice explores how justice systems can be made to work for women. Where laws and justice systems work well, they can provide an essential mechanism for women to realize their human rights.

    Check out more at UN Women's website.

    Included in their report are ten proven approaches to making justice systems...

  • Foreign Policy's Colum Lynch provides a look at the Third World troops who fight the U.N.'s wars. Check out his slide show tour of the U.N. photo archives showing just how much the complexion and nationality of U.N. blue helmets has changed over time.

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