The Rule of Law Comes Home: Can the UN Live Up to its Own High Standards?


March 11, 2013
5:00 - 6:30pm 

Mandel Center for the Humanities Reading Room 303, Brandeis University

In September 2012, the United Nations reaffirmed, along with world leaders and civil society representatives, that “the rule of law applie[s] equally to all States and international organizations, including the United Nations. All persons, institutions and entities [a]re accountable to just, fair and equitable laws, and entitled to equal protection before the law, without discrimination.”

Given this position, what is the responsibility of the UN toward human rights organizations that demand compensation for victims of the ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti, allegedly brought to the island by its own peacekeepers? What is the appropriate institutional response when UN peacekeepers and other staff are charged with acts of wrongdoing in conflict zones, including sexual violence and arms trafficking?

Featuring members of the International Advisory Board of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life:
  • Hans Corell, former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Sweden
  • Richard Goldstone, retired Justice of the Constitutional Court, South Africa
  • Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, President of the Center for Strategies and Security for the Sahel Sahara, Mauritania
  • Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor, United Nations Foundation, Washington D.C. 
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