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

August 24, 2015

The unreported murder of four men in plain view, all too common on the high seas, led New York Times reporter Ian Urbina into the merciless world that resulted in his investigative series, "The Outlaw Ocean." In an event hosted by the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL) and USIP on Aug. 18, Urbina and a panel of experts convened from three continents for a virtual forum on Twitter to discuss the issues and impact of lawlessness at sea.

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Classroom Courses

Peter van der Auweraert and Deborah H. Isser
September 21, 2015

Disputes and grievances over land and property are implicated in practically all conflicts. This course provides policymakers and practitioners with analytical tools for assessing and addressing an array of complex land and property disputes, from competing ownership claims and restitution to customary land rights and illegal urban settlements.

Drawing on case studies of peace operations and peacebuilding efforts, participants explore the range of entry points (humanitarian, human rights, state building, development, etc.) and options for


Rule of law has long been a key international concern, especially for conflict-affected countries, and promoting it is a critical challenge to the international community. This Peace Brief focuses on...
Parvez Tariq & Mehwish Rani
Pakistan passed the Anti-Terrorism Act in 1997 in response to the rising threat of terrorism within its borders. The law was designed to help law enforcement combat terrorism. Instead, conceptual...