Journal Article

Rule of Accountability or Rule of Law? Regulating the UN Security Council’s Accountability Deficits

Jeremy M. Farrall

in Journal of Conflict and Security Law

Volume 19, issue 3, pages 389-408
Published in print December 2014 | ISSN: 1467-7954
Published online September 2014 | e-ISSN: 1467-7962 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jcsl/kru015
Rule of Accountability or Rule of Law? Regulating the UN Security Council’s Accountability Deficits

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This article examines how the attempt to pursue Security Council accountability relates to parallel efforts to strengthen the rule of law. The article argues that accountability and the rule of law are closely connected and that steps to promote one have the potential to reinforce initiatives that promote the other. The challenge for the accountability and rule of law agendas is to ensure that these closely linked waves of reform initiatives will have a cumulative impact that improves the capacity of the Security Council to act effectively and legitimately to maintain international peace and security. This means strengthening the Council’s ability not just to pursue the accountability of other actors, but to model accountability itself, and not simply to promote the rule of law elsewhere, but to respect the rule of law in and through its own decision-making process. The article traces the evolution and meaning of both the rule of law and accountability in the Security Council’s practice. It then examines the relationship between the two terms, arguing that at the end of the day they share a symbiotic relationship that is mutually reinforcing.

Journal Article.  8599 words. 

Subjects: Military and Defence Law ; Public International Law ; Police and Security Services ; Terrorism and National Security Law ; Use of Force, War, Peace and Neutrality

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