Global Law, Security and Conflict Resolution

August 22, 2012

The emphasis placed on democratic norms during the Arab Spring, as well as the recent capture of Bosnian war criminals – Milosevic and Karadzic for instance – show the need for rights regimes to be present during times of political transition or within the context of post-war reconstruction in order to create an environment of predictability, equality and justice. However, it could be argued that law, while providing a set of consistent protocols governing human action, cannot act alone in providing safety, security and self-determination to a given people; rather a set of institutions – military, police, aid etc. – must be empowered in order to provide the basics of human security within these contexts. How, then, can law and its quest for just action, be matched with the institutions of peace and security that seek to provide security where legal processes cannot necessarily take hold? How can law and security be made to work together?