Rule of Law Tools for Post Conflict States

Author: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Date: 2006

The UN's Rule of Law Tools for Post Conflict States are the result of two years of consultations with UN departments and agencies, civil society and national experts. They aim to ensure sustainable, long-term institutional capacity within United Nations field presences and transitional administrations to respond to the demand for policy guidance on transitional justice issues, in line with international human rights standards and best practices. Based primarily on lessons learned in places like Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Timor Leste, the five policy Tools address the challenges involved in different aspects of transitional justice in post-conflict countries, including assessing whether and how the justice system of the country contributed to the conflict; the prosecution of perpetrators of crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes; the establishment of truth commissions, and the vetting and monitoring of legal systems established after the end of hostilities.