Rule of Law, GLAS

Center for Governance, Law and Society

USIP's Rule of Law Center conducts research, identifies best practices, and develops new tools for policymakers and practitioners working to promote the rule of law.  It has played a significant role in shaping the field and in advancing the rule of law in fragile and post-conflict societies.

USIP's Rule of Law Center is on the cutting edge of promoting the rule of law in conflict-affected states. It does this by taking a leading role in shaping thinking worldwide on rule of law issues, working on the ground in conflict-affected countries to promote justice and security, and leading the field in rule of law training delivery and the sharing of best practices.

The Rule of Law Center's pioneering work on transitional justice, model legal codes, consultative constitution making, communities of practice and traditional dispute resolution are examples of this successful approach.

To learn more about USIP's rule of law work, please visit the rule of law issue area.

Articles & Analysis

December 21, 2015

In the volatile environment of policing in Nigeria, Chief Superintendent Ibrahim Yidi and his officers in the country’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are taking a new tack. They’re slowly shedding what he calls their “superiority syndrome” and treating citizens and suspects alike with dignity, respect and professionalism. And he’s working to strengthen processes like police recruitment. Yidi undertook the initiatives as a result of a USIP course that takes a unique approach to rule of law reform, a methodology outlined in a guide just published in three languages.

Learn More


Le présent guide est le résultat de deux années de partenariat entre l’USIP et le ministère américain des affaires étrangères. Pendant ces deux années, l’USIP a conçu, développé et piloté un cours de...
ﻫــﺬا اﻟﺪﻟﻴــﻞ ﻧﺘــﺎج ﺷــﺮاﻛﺔ داﻣــﺖ ﻟﻤــﺪة ﻋﺎﻣﻴﻦ ﺑﻴــﻦ ﻣﻌﻬــﺪ اﻟﻮﻻﻳــﺎت اﻟﻤﺘﺤــﺪة ﻟﻠﺴــﻼم ووزارة اﻟﺨﺎرﺟﻴــﺔ اﻷﻣﺮﻳﻜﻴﺔ، ﺻﻤــﻢ ﺧﻼﻟﻬــﺎ ﻣﻌﻬــﺪ اﻟﻮﻻﻳــﺎت اﻟﻤﺘﺤــﺪة ﻟﻠﺴــﻼم ﻣﻨﻬﺠــﺎً ﺗﺄﺳﻴﺴــﻴﺎً ﺑﺸــﺄن...