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