United Nations Justice

Legal and Judicial Reform in Governance Operations

image of United Nations Justice

At the end of the 20th century, and at the dawn of the 21st, the United Nations was tasked with the administration of justice in territories placed under its executive authority, an undertaking for which there was no established precedent or doctrine. Examining the UN’s legal and judicial reform efforts in Kosovo and East Timor, this volume argues that rather than helping to establish a sustainable legal system, the UN’s approach detracted from it, as it confused ends with means.



Introduction to the case studies: Assessment criteria, case study guidelines and case selection

The central question of this book is whether the five main elements of the UN’s approach to legal and judicial reform in its governance operations were suited to the task of establishing a sustainable legal system. This chapter introduces the ways in which the book will address this question. First, the elements of the UN’s approach are outlined, and the rationale behind the particular focus and methodology of the work is clarified. The criteria by which the sustainability of a legal system can be assessed are then introduced, and the general questions which will be asked of each case study are discussed. And finally some relevant terminology is explained, and a justification for the case-study selection is offered.


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error