Political Will

The United Nations Guidance Note of the Secretary-General on the UN Approach to Rule of Law states that the international community has sometimes underestimated the extent of political will necessary to support effective rule of law development and invested inadequately in political dialogue on rule of law promotion (pp. 2–3). Furthermore, it states that rule of law assistance has often overemphasized technical dimensions and paid less attention to political and strategic considerations and that until national stakeholders see the utility in supporting rule of law development, technical assistance will have little impact. Attention needs to be paid to the political aspects of rule of law assistance and to fostering political space for reform and insulating the rule of law from inappropriate political influence or abuse (pp. 2–3).

Below are links to articles and resources on the importance of understanding the political context of rule of law assistance and on how to foster political space for reform.