Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council

This Linkage Project between the ANU Centre for International Governance and Justice and the Australian Government’s Australian Civil-Military Centre is funded by the Australian Research Council. The project advances pragmatic, evidence-based policy proposals designed to strengthen the Council’s future practice in critical thematic areas, including: the importance of the rule of law in securing and maintaining peace which…

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Leveraging power and influence on the UNSC

The United Nations (UN) was created in the final months of World War II with the aim of ‘saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war’ (UN Charter). Critical to this mission is the UN Security Council (UNSC), upon which the UN Charter bestows primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. Yet, the division of the Council into the P5 and the remaining ten non-permanent members (the E10) – who are elected from the general UN membership for two-year terms and do not have veto power – clearly undermined the UN Charter’s endorsement of the principle of the sovereign equality of states.

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Taking sides: Assessing the partiality of international peacekeeping

This three-year (2016-2019) ARC DECRA research project examines an enduring question for peacekeeping: should United Nations peacekeepers take sides between conflict parties, or should they remain impartial brokers that assist combatants to find their own peace settlement? The research investigates six decades of peacekeeping practice in order to understand why peacekeepers take sides, how they do…

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Are we ‘trading’ women’s rights in transitions?

Afghanistan and Myanmar are undergoing seismic change. Many will be examining the consequences of such change, but few will keep a sustained focus on the rights claims of women and girls, and on tracking the role of the international community vis-aÌ-vis the national government in terms of any gendered impact of negotiated deals. What the West needs may be nothing less than a new style of diplomacy in transitional states that respects the voice of women.

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