"For the United Nations, the rule of law refers to a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the State itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards. It requires, as well, measures to ensure adherence to the principles of supremacy of law, equality before the law, accountability to the law, fairness in the application of the law, separation of powers, participation in decision-making, legal certainty, avoidance of arbitrariness and procedural and legal transparency."
The rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies:
Report of the Secretary-General (S/2004/616, 23 August 2004)
United Nations and the Rule of Law:
The Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group is chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General and has the overall leadership role for the rule of law in the work of the United Nations. It ensures that the UN is able to foresee new opportunities and address new challenges. The Group take into account the emergence of new realities and actors in the field of the rule of law, and provides guidance to ensure overall coordination and coherence in the Organization’s support to Member States. With strengthened leadership and new institutional arrangements in place, the Organization is better placed to address the challenges faced in strengthening the rule of law.
To respond to the interest of encompassing within the framework of the rule of law a broader range of UN activities, the membership of the https://www.un.org/ruleoflaw/un-and-the-rule-of-law/RoLCRG now includes 20 entities with important normative components in their mandates:
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