Alejandro Bendaña is the founder and senior research associate of the Centro de Estudios Internacionales in
Peace processes and mediation
Managua, Nicaragua. A former programme manager for the UNDP Rule of Law and Security Programme for Somalia,
he has worked on global justice and peacebuilding issues in a number of countries. He is a member of the board of
Focus on the Global South and a consultant on post-war reconstruction issues.
The rule of law in peacebuilding contexts: lessons from Somalia
11 October 2012
Rule of law (RoL) programming is caught in the middle of the peacebuilding/statebuilding discussion. Twenty-firstcentury post-conflict RoL programming seems to have become more statist in character and highly focused on the criminal justice chain. A key question, however, is how external RoL/statebuilding assistance can address the gap...