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Rule of Law and COVID-19 Policy Brief

By: International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every part of the world. The effectiveness of government measures to contain the virus and Build Back Better depends upon the capacity of public institutions and their leadership to provide transparent, effective, and accountable actions, in adherence with the rule of law.

With its emphasis on rule of law as an enabler of peace, justice and inclusion, Sustainable Development Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can help promote stronger institutions, more successful government action and reduced inequalities for preventing and mitigating disease outbreaks such as COVID-19. The values and principles enshrined in SDG 16 and Agenda 2030 remain highly relevant to overcome the ongoing crisis and ensure a just, equitable and sustainable recovery for all.

In this Policy Brief, IDLO highlights three key elements that are central to a rule of law- based response to the pandemic:

  • Strengthening the legal and policy frameworks for managing COVID-19 response and recovery and preparing for future global health emergencies;
  • Mitigating the impact of the crisis on justice systems and justice seekers with a specific focus on those most vulnerable,women, girls, and marginalized groups, ensuring that no one is left behind; and
  • Supporting and investing in a culture of justice to protect the rights and dignity of people everywhere.
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Uploaded on: Sep 09, 2020
Year Published: 2020
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