Trilateral Dialogue on strengthening the rule of law in the UN, EU and OSCE


On 9 and 10 November, ZIF hosted its second annual "Trilateral Dialogue", a conference for UN, EU and OSCE personnel working on strengthening the rule of law in the context of peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

As in 2014, the conference was attended by more than 20 international experts from the organizations’ headquarters and from field missions, including Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Ukraine. In addition, the conference was attended by researchers and by representatives of the German Federal Foreign Office. Conference participants discussed two themes: how lessons learned in rule of law assistance can be fed back into practice, and how the fields of human rights and rule of law interrelate in post-conflict scenarios.

Participants also exchanged views on challenges in the context of ongoing peacekeeping reforms and on working methods of their organizations, with a view to reassessing their own procedures and ways of working. In this way, the conference contributed to enhancing partnerships between multilateral organizations. Participants described it as a challenge to their work to marry the political nature of peace operations with technical rule of law mandates. They identified a need to conceptually develop rule of law assistance further and strengthen its focus on root causes of conflicts so as to more effectively contribute to consolidating peace and addressing conflicts.