Fast Facts: Rule of Law, building lasting peace through justice and security

03 Oct 2012


The rule of law implies that every citizen is subject to the law, and that the laws in place in a country are fair, non-discriminatory and respect human rights. A fair and functioning legal system that conforms to international standards of human rights is the cornerstone of economic growth, security and poverty eradication. When a country is governed by the rule of law, the police and judiciary are able to do their job; vulnerable groups, including women, children, the disabled and migrants, are protected and able to seek redress from armed violence and crime; and the government is more transparent and accountable. That is why the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works to strengthen the rule of law in 37 crisis affected countries.