The aim of the workshop was to bring together the two OROLSI standing capacities and representatives from police and justice and corrections components in peace operations to explore the relationship between the international counter-terrorism framework (as established by the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and relevant SC resolutions), mission mandates, and possible support to host States’ relevant rule of law entities.
- Raised awareness of DPKO Police, Justice, and Corrections components about the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, relevant SC resolutions and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, highlighting expectations in support of Member States that are expressed within;
- Taken stock of how Police, Justice and Corrections components are already contributing to CT/PVE through relevant capacity-building activities;
- Explored how JCSC, SPC, Police Division and Justice and Corrections can contribute to and support specific peace operations by identifying possible CT-PVE strategies, cross-cutting or sector specific, reconciling the various CT resolutions, specific mission Mandated priorities and Country specific priorities, using UNSOM, MINUSMA, UNMIK, UNOGBIS, UNAMA and UNAMI as case studies.
Strategic Meeting of Heads of Justice and Corrections Components in United Nations Peace Operations: Promoting Best Practices and Lessons Learned in the Field
The Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service (CLJAS) promotes the rule of law by addressing issues related to justice and correctional systems in conflict and post-conflict environments. CLJAS supports colleagues in justice and correction components in peace operations by providing technical advice and assistance, delivering training, producing policy and guidance material and assisting with recruitment and budgetary matters.
Justice and corrections components currently exist in eight DPKO-led peacekeeping operations, in the Central African Republic, Darfur (Sudan), the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Kosovo, Liberia, Mali and South Sudan. Justice and corrections support is also provided by Special Political Missions (SPMs) led by the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau, Libya and Somalia.
To strengthen the effectiveness of justice and corrections endeavours in missions, CLJAS proposes to convene a meeting of the heads of all justice and corrections components of peace operations from 15-17 June 2016. The last Heads of Components Meeting (HCM) took place in April 2014. That meeting, which was supported by the German Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF) and the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), provided an opportunity for engagement with Member States, senior United Nations leadership, colleagues from across the United Nations system and external partners, including the European Union and the World Bank. In exchanges with senior United Nations leadership, the need for focused engagement on rule of law issues by mission leadership was recognized as essential. The importance of increasing efforts to place rule of law issues at the forefront of political messaging, given its critical contribution to securing peace and stability, was also agreed upon.